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Full text of "Bible Monitor (2002) (Volume 80)"

BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXX 



JANUARY 2002 



NO. 1 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints' 1 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into ail 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THE STORY OF HIS LOVE 

There's a story I would tell, will you hear it? 
A story that is ever new; 
Tis that Jesus frees the sin burdened spirit, 
O blessed words of comfort true. 

"Tis the story of the cross, oh, receive it! 
See how he died to save his own; 
Oh, accept the message now and believe it, 
And walk no more life's way alone. 

Jesus saw, with pitying eye, our condition, 
And willingly he died for all; 
Now he's knocking at our hearts for admission, 
Shall we reject his loving call? 



Heav'n and earth may pass away but the story 
Will live and ever grow more dear, 
Of our Savior's matchless love and his glory; 
Oh, will you now the story hear? 

-Laura E. Newell 



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PREPARING FOR THE NEW YEAR 

"In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; 
deliver me in they righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; de- 
liver me speedily; be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence 
to save me." Ps 31:1-2. 

As the new year begins, what preparations have we made 9 
Do we want this year to be like other years or are we looking for a 
year that is more Spiritually uplifting? To have the desired out- 
come, we must change what has been wrong so it will be right. 
The outcome will depend on the choices we make throughout the 
year. If we prepare now for the new year, we can enjoy the bless- 
ings throughout the year. If we wait until later to make our prepa- 
rations, we will not have the entire year of blessings to enjoy. 

Making resolutions has often been employed as a means of 
preparation. However resolutions tend to be made without much 
conviction of succeeding in keeping them. Too often, resolutions 
are made without specific goals or even without a real desire to 
fulfill them, Making resolutions can become a worldly fad. 

The follower of God should have a higher purpose and make 
more urgent preparations for the new year. Like the Psalmist of 
old, he should make a definite declaration, not just at new years, 
but throughout the year. That statement should be, "In thee, O 

Lord, do I put my trust;". Without an absolute and unbending trust 
in the Lord, there is little that can be accomplished throughout the 

THE BIBLE MONITOR JANUARY 2002 

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year. There has to be a firm declaration of belief and intent to go 
forward. 

A statement like the Psalmist's establishes that we have a foun- 
dation upon which we can build our lives. There are many Godly 
benefits that go with declaring our trust in Him. 

It seems in today's world that believers are often made to feel 
ashamed of their declared intention. Somehow it is thought un- 
manly, unwomanly, anti-intellectual to be identified with God and 
His ways. It is not God's desire that we would be ashamed of Him. 
Recent events have perhaps taken away some of the shame of 
being known as a follower of the Lord, but as those events recede 
in the crowd's memories, they become less and less concerned 
about God and Godly things. Our declaration of trust in God, should 
strengthen us so we will not be ashamed of Him. 

He has given us many physical and temporal blessings, but 
the greatest gift from Him is eternal life through His Son, Jesus 
Christ. It is the righteousness of Jesus that makes His sacrifice on 
the cross meaningful for us. Without His perfect righteousness, 
we could not obtain salvation. Jesus died the perfect Lamb of 
God, sacrificed for imperfect sinful people. His righteousness 
covers us so we can be adopted into Our Heavenly Father's fam- 
ily. We, never, can live a life good enough to qualify us for that 
position. It only comes through the righteousness of the Sacrificial 
Lamb of God. 

Once we have the righteousness of Christ by complying with 
the Gospel requirements, we owe our allegiance to Him. As those 
who worship and praise Him, we must live so our relationship may 
be known. We must live as His Holy Spirit within us would dictate. 
Our righteousness without His righteousness would be in vain. We 
can never be good enough to deserve what He is willing to give to 
us. He wants us to be a part of His family. He wants it more than 
we do. 

Another benefit of declaring our trust in Him, is the ability to 
communicate with God. We have the opportunity and duty of prayer. 
We want Him to turn His ear toward us so He might hear our pleas. 
With trust that He is able to hear and answer our prayers, our 



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prayers become more than human words. With the help of the 
Holy Spirit, our groanings can be conveyed to God for His solution. 

As the trusting children of God we can depend upon Him for 
the strength needed in the time of trouble and opposition. He be- 
comes the Rock where we can safely build our lives. He becomes 
the sure building place for the wise man, who wants a sure foun- 
dation for his life that will withstand the storms of life. This strong 
place of building will become a house of defense that shelters and 
protects the believer. That Rock is laid through the trust that we 
have in God who can provide all our needed protection. 

As we express our declaration of trust in the Lord at the begin- 
ning of this new year, may it be more than mere words. May there 
be an enjoyment of the benefits that accompany such a great faith. 

May each of us have a year that is better than past years, 
because we have made a commitment through our declaration of 
our trust in the Lord. "In thee, O Lord, do i put my trust;" 

M.C.Cook 



KENYA KNOTES 

Hello Everyone in America, 

I thought that I would let you know some of what we have been 
doing the last month. To start the month off we were all fighting 
colds. It was raining every day and almost always cold and damp 
and it was getting the best of us as we had not come prepared for 
cold damp weather. 

I I -06-01 Tuesday. We spent most of the day trying to guess 
what was in the box that we had received from Ray's and my Mother. 
We had decided not to open it until evening. So it sat on the table 
and was talked about a lot. The girls did a lot of just sitting and 
looking at it. It was so good to have some things from home. 

1 1 -08-01 Thursday. At 9:00 A.M. I took Frank, his mother, Hosea 
and a sick lady from one of the churches to the hospital. I did not 
get home untii after dinner. Frank is doing very well and only has 
to go to the physical therapist once a month now instead of every 



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week. Ray and Davidson went to Katali to get supplies and did not 
get home until 5:00. So we all did a lot of running that day. 

That night we found fleas in my bed and then in the girl's bed. 
We sprayed the beds and changed the sheets. What will God 
send next? First the rats then the fleas from the rats. 

1 1-14-01 Wednesday. I had an e-mail from the social worker 
for the Big Brother/Big Sister program at home. The brother of the 
little girl, who is my "little sister", had been in an accident and was 
hurt very bad. He had been hit by a car when he was on a three 
wheeler in his mother's driveway. They had taken him to John 
Hopkins Hospital, where he was in ICU. 

Ray had to take a lady home that had been in the hospital. It 
was a two hour drive one way so we all packed a lunch and went 
along. It was a very beautiful drive and on the way home we bought 
a kitten. The kitten seemed very tame but we would find out the 
next day that it had been drunk. 

1 1-15-01 Thursday. My mother called and told me that Craig 
(the boy that was in the accident) had passed away. I spent most 
of the day in my room and wrote letters to the family Junitta was 
sick and could not keep food down so Cheryl spent the day taking 
care of her. The kitten was very sick and had the girls worried that 
it would die so it was a long day for everyone. They took Junitta to 
the doctor and she had Malaria. 

11-17-01 Saturday. Ray and Cheryl took Veronica to the doc- 
tor and she had malaria also. I had a head cold. The girls had 
runny noses and Ray was just not feeling very good. 

1 1-19-01 Monday. Junitta, Veronica and I were all feeling much 
better today but Ray was feeling worse and he disappeared for a 
while and then came home and said that he had Malaria. He had 
gone and was checked without telling us he was going. He came 
home took his medicine and then went to bed. 

1 1 -22-01 Thanksgiving Day. It was very unlike any I have had 
before. We had mashed potatoes, peas, beef gravy, stuffing and 
pumpkin pie. What was so different was not having family around, 
but instead having the natives coming and going all day needing 



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things. They did not understand that it was a holiday for us. 

11 -27-01 Tuesday. Ray and Davidson went to town and came 
home with four boxes from Mark Andrews' and the Grandview 
Church. We opened two of them that night and they had Christ- 
mas gifts in them. It made Christmas seem just a little closer as it 
was hard to believe it was that time of year with no snow. 

11-28-01 Wednesday. After dinner Ray Davidson and I all 
worked on staking out the site for the new house. It was exciting to 
see the progress on the new house. This was the last week for the 
men to make brick so that was progress also to have them done 
with the bricks. 

11-30-01 Friday. Cheryl made cookies in the morning and about 
4:00 P.M. we took cookies and a drink up to the men as it was their 
last day. They all enjoyed that. 

Sister Nancy Noecker 

POCKETS ARE FOR CANDY 

The two young deacons had labored all day and were quite 
tired. They had one more visit; an elderly sister who lived quite out 
of the way. It was their fifth visit of the day, and it was already dark. 

The custom of the Brethren over the years has been to con- 
duct personal visits each year before the Lovefeast. There are 
many reasons for this, but it is especially useful to gauge the spiri- 
tual condition of the congregation. The visit with the old sister 
went well. The standard questions were asked by the Brethren: 
Are you still in the faith of the Gospel as you declared when you 
were baptized? Are you, as far as you know, in peace and har- 
mony with the church? Will you continue to labor with the Brethren 
for an increase in Holiness, both in yourself and others? Her an- 
swer to all three of the questions was, "By the grace of God, yes." 
Brother John and Brother Phil could not have been happier. Be- 
fore they parted company, Sister Katherine gave them a sad bit of 
news. 

"Brother Ernest passed away yesterday. He was eighty-five." 
They were both sorry to hear it, and their good-byes to Sister 



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Katherine were somewhat muted. Brother Ernest had served as a 
deacon in a neighboring congregation. 

Heading home there was silence for several miles. Then 
Brother Phil reluctantly spoke. "One of my earliest memories in 
the church was of old Brother Ernest. He sure loved children. He 
was always there to greet the little ones after the service." 

Brother John then chimed in. "Often the preachers forgot about 
us children. They were too busy talking to the adults. So Brother 
Ernest took over. He would let us reach in his coat pockets to see 
what kind ot candy he had. I loved those root beer barrels. He 
carried so many that he rattled when he walked. None of us ever 
took more than one piece at a time." 

Phil returned, "I remember he often taught the little children's 
Sunday School. We looked forward to it. A few years ago a stir 
was caused concerning the candy. Some of the younger mothers 
did not want their children eating sweets. It was over such a little 
thing — " 

" — A little thing, yes, but we little ones never forgot how he 
treated us. We all saw the goodness of God in him. When it came 
time to give our hearts to the Lord, Brother Ernest was right there, 
and we realized that it was God that made him the way he was. 
The Lord could also do the same for us." 

"I remember he always said, Take care of the little things and 
the big things will take care of themselves.' He sure took care of 
us little ones." 

As these brethren drove home that night and reminisced about 
their old friend, we believe there was no doubt in their minds that 
their decision to follow Christ was the right one, because they had 

such a wonderful example to follow. 

"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." I 
Corinthians 11:1. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Rd. 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



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DID WE LOSE'EM 

It is certainly sad to see one of our number embrace the world 
of sin and possibly be lost. It is also sad to see one leave our 
fellowship and join another. However, there is a vast difference! It 
is inevitable that some will be enticed away by companions, school, 
new interests, new locations and so forth. 

When we see one of our youth, or older person for that matter, 
join another fellowship we should hope and pray that they have 
taken strong Christian values and a Godly commitment with them. 
Our desire should also be that they will strengthen the group with 
which they are involved. When a young person leaves I would 
rather not think that we have lost a member but that we have in 
some small way given training and Christian stability to a person 
who will go out from our midst to strengthen the Army of the Lord. 
Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when 
he is old, he will not depart from it." The 'way" referred to here is 
God's way — not the Dunkard way. 

Of course we want to see our young people stay and our num- 
bers grow. Absolutely! That is understandable. 

When they leave we should not despair and look on it as fail- 
ure, but rather that we have generated soldiers of the cross. 

Have we lost'em. or have we sent them out? 

Brother Roger Swihart 
Quinter, KS 67752 



STARTING THE NEW YEAR RIGHT 

I! Chronicles 14:1-7 

"So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city 
of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land 
was quiet ten years;' 

This verse speaks of a new start. As we enter a new year it will 
be, in a sense, a new start for everyone. However many will carry 
last years' debts along with them in the new year. Others will carry 
the same old doubts and fears with them. Some will carry their 



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sinful habits and weaknesses along with them into the new year. A 
new year does not make a new man or woman. 

"And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the 
Lord his God." 

This verse speaks not only of a new start but a good start. If 
you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, 
doing so will be the only way to make this year a good start. If you 
are already a Christian a good start is to will to allow Jesus Christ 
to truly be Lord of your life. 

"For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high 
places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:" 

This verse speaks of a turn to righteousness. To truly make 
Jesus Christ Lord of our life means we must take away the altars 
of the strange gods in our life. No! We do not have literal altars, 
but have we made the things of this world more important than 
serving Christ? Do we still harbor the desire for professional sports, 
television or some other thing that does not allow Christ to be King 
of our lives? We have to break down the high places in our lives. 
While we do not consider such things as hunting or taking a vaca- 
tion to be sin, they can become sin if they take precedence over 
the things of God. We must break down the images in our lives. 
Most of those reading this do not belong to a church that has im- 
ages to bow down to. But do we "worship" the things we practice 
above the word of God? Do we observe things to be true to Christ 
or merely to impress others? Or perhaps self has become an im- 
age that convinces us that we do not need to conform to the stan- 
dards of a church because they are only "man made." We must 
cut down the groves in our lives. Do we harbor secret sins, which, 
of course, are not secret to God anymore? Are we only interested 
in the things of God when we are in worship? Do we truly desire 
that the Holy Spirit would mold us and make us into a character of 
Christ? 

"And commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, 
and to do the law and commandment." 

While the new year should be a time to do away with those 
things that wound and weaken the soul, we need not necessarily 



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throw away all the things of the past. We believe our Brethren 
forefathers, while not perfect, even as the Israelite fathers were 
not perfect, established some guidelines that are helpful for today. 
It is sad, in our humble opinion, that all "laws" and "command- 
ments'' are, for the most part, considered to be merely legalism. 

"Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places 
and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him. And he 
built fenced cities in Judah; for the land had rest, and he had no 
war in those years; because the Lord had given him rest." 

Praise God, the new year can be a time of quiet and rest. There 
can be a time of peace. We seriously doubt that there will be a 
time of lack of war in the world until Jesus makes His second ap- 
pearance. This, of course, could take place in this new year of 
2002. Even if it does not, we can have the peace of God that 
passeth all understanding in this new year. We need not let our 
hearts be troubled in times of war and rumors of war. Even in 
times of personal sorrow and strife we can have the peace of God 
in our hearts. 

"Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and 
make them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is 
yet before us; because we have sought the Lord our God, we have 
sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built 
and prospered." 

While prosperity is not necessarily a sign of godliness, we be- 
lieve God will prosper those who live according to His will. This 
new year can be a time of prosperity. Hopefully more so spiritually 
than physically Let us desire to start the new year right! 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

THIS TERRIBLE WAR 

We see this terrible, terrible war 

As it is raging on before us, 

Yes, they want ammunition galore; 



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But they never think of how they fuss. 

We read in God's Holy Word 
That it is very wrong to kilt; 
But people will carry their sword 
And fight against God's Will. 

They want us to buy war bonds, 

And go out and kill many others; 

But they will not hold God's hands 

As they march out against their brothers. 

We hear of them bombing a city 
In some enemy's guarded place; 
But they will not receive pity 
When they meet God tace to face. 

-Arvilla May (Weaver) Keeny 

This poem was written during World War II when the author 
was in her teens. 

CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A GOOD NAME 

"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and 
loving favour rather than silver and gold." Proverbs 22:1. 

"Joshua," called Mother as she went to the back screen door. 
"Joshua," she called again. "Where are you?" She stepped out 
onto the porch, but did not see him anywhere in the yard. Maybe 
he is in the barn playing, she thought. 

She walked to the barn and opened the barn door. It was dark 
and dusty inside. At first she did not see him until her eyes be- 
came adjusted to the dim light, then she saw him huddled in the 
corner, crying. 



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"Why what is the matter?" Mother asked as she laid her hand 
on his shoulder. 

"It's not fair!" sobbed Joshua as he swiped a hand across his 
eyes. "Why do I have to have such a miserable name? Why didn't 

you name me, John, or Paul, or Timothy, or Bill or some common 
name?" 

"I wonder why you are suddenly unhappy with your name? 
Has someone made fun of your name at school?" 

Joshua nodded his head. 

Mother sat down beside him. "Names are special and often 
babies are named after a loved and respected ancestor or a mem- 
ber of the church, who has been an outstanding character or whose 
life has been an influence for good. When you were born we named 
you after a minister, who was betoved by all who knew him. We 
wanted our son to have some of the good characteristics that he 
had possessed. Although he died a good many years ago, yet, 
when his name is mentioned, we remember the good exemplary 
life he lived." 

"Your name is also a Bible name. Joshua was a great leader. 
A book of the Bible is named after him and tells about the deeds he 
did and the battles he fought. Joshua once said : 'As for me and 
my house, we will serve the Lord!' Regardless of what others might 
do, he was determined to make the right choice and follow the 
Lord. It was Joshua who admonished the people to be strong and 
courageous for the Lord was with them. It was Joshua, who led 
the children of Israel into the promised land. A land promised to 
the Israelite nation many years before. So you have a name that 
means something. You are honored to share the same name as 
this great war hero. This name may not be a popular name to 
those people who do not know the Bible, but it is a good name. 
You certainly need not be ashamed of it." 

"There are several names that seem uncommon to us as we 
run across them either in reading the newspaper or in dealing with 
the public. Some of these names are: Roastingear, Goodnight, 
Calamity, Willie Wiggles, Hum Ha, Billy Goforth, Aaron Straw, Paul 
Wrinkle and Goodenough. How would you like to have a last name 



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of Pakayachanlovayana?" 

"Regardless of what your name is your playmates will be glad 

if you play fairly and don't cheat in the games you play with them. 
They will enjoy playing with you if you are willing to share your 
toys. Your Father and I will be happy when you are obedient. Al- 
ways remember people are remembered by the life they live, even 
though they don't have a lot of money or a popular name." 

Joshua stood up with a smile and gave his Mother a hug. Tm 
glad you didn't name me Willie Wiggles. Joshua Miller is good 
enough for me!'' 

Sister Maxine Surbey 

AM I A SOLDIER OFTHE CROSS? 

Brethren Hymnal #496 

"God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto 
the world." Galatians 6:14. 

As conscientious objectors to war many of us resent being com- 
pared to a soldier of this world, but yet certain aspects of soldiering 
are good attributes to which we should aspire. For instance, a 
soldier in battle cannot concern himself with being self-centered. 
He has no time for self-pity. He must serve, to the death, his Mas- 
ter. He must stay at his post. He must follow orders, even if it 
means death. 

The scriptures tell us in II Timothy 2:4, "No man that warreth 
entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please 
him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." The scriptures are not 
telling us to be a worldly soldier, but we are being compared to 
them to have their qualities of loyalty. 

Must I be carried to the skies 
On flow'ry beds of ease, 
Whilst others fought to win the prize, 
And sailed thro' bloody seas? 
-Isaac Watts 



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In old times we as a church were persecuted in Europe, so 
many came to America. When we got here we had many years of 
peace until war broke out and the government tried to conscript us 
into military service. We were then persecuted again. Today, many 
say we have no persecution. My question is, are we being vocal 
enough for the Lord? Are we telling others about Him? John the 
Baptist told the King his sins and lost his head over it. Stephen 
told the Pharisees their sins and was stoned to death. They both 
followed the leading of the Holy Ghost. If we follow Him, we will 
not necessarily be killed for our faith, but we may If we keep quiet 
about our faith, then no one will know. 

Sure I must fight, if I would reign; 
Increase my courage, Lord. 
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain, 
Supported by Thy Word. 

Do we have the same compassion for souls as what Jesus 
did? What pain have we endured for Him? What toil must we 
bear? Have we retired to our flowery beds of ease expecting to 
float up to heaven? Are we afraid to talk to others about Jesus 
because we expect to be contradicted? We should expect it, but 
we should tell others anyway, giving the glory to God. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 

Newmanstown, PA 17073 

BIBLE STORIES 

"TAKE UP THY BED AND WALK" 

Did you ever see a sick man pick up the bed he was lying on 
and carry it away? I know I never have and I don't suppose you 
have either; yet, one time this very thing happened! Jesus was 
staying at a certain house in Capernaum, and after a few days the 
people found out where He was and crowded into the house till it 
was filled so that no one could possibly get in the door. And Jesus 
preached to them. 



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While this was going on there were four men bringing on a 
bed, a man who was sick with palsy, and he was so weak all he 
could do was lay on his bed. When they came to the house where 
Jesus was, they soon saw that it would be impossible to push their 
way through the crowd and get to Jesus. Now, these four men 
weren't the kind that gave up easily. One of them thought of going 
up on the roof, so up they went, taking the sick man and his bed 
with them. Then they began to take the roof apart, and when they 
had a hole big enough, they began to lower the sick man and his 
bed down through the roof. I suppose they had a rope on each 
corner of the bed. 

While Jesus was talking, all at once here comes the sick man 
on his bed right in front of Him! When Jesus saw this poor sick 
man He said, "Thy sins be forgiven thee." Now, this wasn't exactly 
what the four men had in mind. They had brought this man here to 
be healed of the palsy. Others that were in the crowd said, "This 
man speaks blasphemy. Who can forgive sins but God only." 

When Jesus knew what the people were thinking, He said, 
"Which is easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven 
thee or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed and walk? But that you 
may know that the Son of man hath power to forgive sins, (He said 
to the sick man) I say unto thee, Arise take up thy bed and go to 
your house." And immediately the sick man was made strong and 
well and he picked up his bed and walked away. 

The people were amazed and glorified God and said, "We never 
saw anything like this before." 

Brother Rudy Cover 



WANTED 

God give us men! A time like this demands 

Strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands; 
Men whom the lust of office does not kill; 

Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy; 
Men who possess opinions and a will; 



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Men who have honor — men who will not lie. 
Men who can stand before a demagogue 

And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking; 
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog 

In public duty and in private thinking; ) 

For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds, j 

Their large professions and their little deeds, 
Mingle in selfish stride, lo! Freedom weeps, 

Wrong rules the land, and waiting Justice sleeps. 

-Josiah Gilbert Holland 

THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS 

Harold S. Martin 

The Book of Ecclesiastes (in the Bible) gives King Solomon's 
experiences when trying to find happiness "under the sun." The 
phrase "under the sun" simply means that Solomon was trying to 
find happiness here on earth, under the sun, apart from God. We 
want to look at some of the things that Solomon tried, and found 
inadequate, in his pursuit of happiness. 

1, SOLOMON TRIED LUXURY 

Solomon first surmised that the material things of life would fill 
the vacuum in his soul. Thus he gave himself to the purchase of 
possessions, hoping to satisfy the hunger in his heart. He filled his 
coffers and made his barns bulge. His wealth was immense; his 
palace was magnificent; his household was huge. If he wanted to 
build something, he built it. If he wanted to do anything, he did it. I 

Read Ecclesiastes 2:4-11. If any man could have found perma- 
nent pleasure in material things, King Solomon should have been 
that man. 

Did all this material wealth make Solomon happy? Did it fill the 
aching emptiness of his heart? Listen to his own words in 
Ecclesiastes 2:11, "Then I looked on all the works that my hands 
had wrought, and behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit." 



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Happiness cannot be found in luxuries and material things. 

2. SOLOMON TRIED LEARNING 

When King Solomon discovered that material prosperity does 
not give peace of mind, he turned to another pursuit. He gave 
himself to the acquiring of knowledge, hoping by this to stifle the 
monotony that haunted his earthly life. Read Ecclesiastes 1:17- 
18. 

Solomon became a prolific student. A careful study of the book 
of Proverbs reveals the comprehensive reach of this man's mind. 
He knew the natural environment of the beast of the field; he un- 
derstood the nature of the flight of the bird in the air; he knew the 
customs of the fish in the sea. Solomon burned the midnight oil. 
He drank deeply from the well of knowledge — but even this never 
brought peace and happiness. A formal academic education is 
useful and is required as a preparation for many jobs in life, but the 
training of the mind does not insure peace in the heart. And so in 
the search for happiness, we find that learning is not the answer. 

3. SOLOMON TRIED LIQUOR 

After discovering that luxury and learning would not satisfy the 
deeper needs of the soul, Solomon turned to drinking. He thought 
perhaps that in wine, he could find the answer to the problems of 
life. Read Ecclesiastes 2:3 in the Bible. Being a man of wealth, 
Solomon ordered the best beverages that the times could pro- 
duce — but he soon discovered (like many others since his day) 
that "Wine is a mocker, and strong drink is raging, and whosoever 
is deceived thereby, is not wise." 

Liquor never brings permanent satisfaction. One who is under 
the influence of alcohol (for a short while) is transported out of the 
land of hard reality into the land of make-believe — and there for a 
while he can laugh at his problems — but when the drug wears off, 
he is right back where he started. Drinking is not the way to try and 
solve life's problems. 

4. SOLOMON TRIED LUST 

Solomon found no solution to his monotony in luxury and li- 
quor and learning, and so he turned to lust. He married 700 women 



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and had 300 concubines (see I Kings 1 1:1-3). If anyone seems to 
be envious of Solomon and his 700 wives, keep in mind that this 
meant 700 birthdays to remember, and certainly lots of "in-law" 
problems. No wonder Solomon concludes in Ecclesiastes 7:26, 
"And I find more bitter than death, the woman whose heart is snares 
and nets, and whose hands are fetters." And so we see that lust 
toward many strange women did not satisfy the emptiness of 
Solomon's heart. 

Some people seem to think that finding a new married partner 
will bring happiness in life, but in most cases the new marital ar- 
rangement is less than ideal. Others seek experiences with a va- 
riety of sexual partners — but the guilt, and the danger of contract- 
ing AIDS, and the displeasure such conduct brings to God — can 
never lead to happiness. 

5. SOLOMON TURNED TO THE LORD 

The message of the Bible is that apart from God life is full of 
weariness and disappointment. King Solomon was gifted with a 
keen intellect; he was versed in the affairs of human life; he was 
fed with every dainty this earth could produce. But still he was a 
stranger to the sweet peace which every human heart craves. There 
is nothing under the sun that can permanently satisfy the thirsty 
heart. Solomon found that life with all its experiences, is but emp- 
tiness and a striving after the wind' — if it is lived apart from God. 

But Solomon did not let the matter rest with seeking happiness 
in luxury and learning and the other earthly pursuits. He turned to 
the Lord. He says, "I know that it will be well with those that fear 
God" (Ecclesiastes 8:12). It is vain to seek happiness under the 
sun. Instead, we should fear God, and remember our Creator and 
serve Him, because He is going to bring every work into judgment. 
We are told in the Bible that God loves each individual human 
being, and that He sent Jesus to die in our place so that we might 
be free from the penalty for sin, and have everlasting life (John 
3:16). Jesus stands ready to come into our lives if we are willing to 
open the door of our hearts to Him (Revelation 3:20). Why not 
give your heart to Jesus today? He says that those who come to 
Him will not be cast out (John 6:37). 



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WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY?? 

Richard Mummau 

We live in an age when there is a smorgasbord of churches 
and religions and beliefs among people. A person can find almost 
any type of group to associate with. We also live in an age when 
almost anything is accepted as being Christian. If someone comes 
to the conclusion that what someone is doing is not Christian, they 
are accused of judging. 

As Christians, we are called to discernment. We want to look 
at a few scriptures. 

I Cor. 2:15, "But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he 
himself is judged of no man." Now for those who think that we 
should never '"judge" anything, this verse presents a problem. The 
Christian is called to judge or discern between what is right and 
wrong. He is to be a discerning person. And we cannot do this 
without sometimes calling something for what it is. 

Matt 7:20, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Here 
again, we must use some discernment. And when we see bad 
fruit, we know that the tree is bad also. So to call a tree a bad tree 
when the fruit is bad is just doing what the Bible says we are to do. 

Titus 3:10, "A man that is an heretic after the first and second 
admonition reject;'' How could we do this if we did not pass judg- 
ment upon what he was doing or saying? The word "heretic" in the 
Greek implies to cause "division." And this is often done by sowing 
discord and speaking wrongly about others. 

I Thess. 5:21 -22, Trove all things: hold fast that which is good. 
Abstain from all appearance of evil." Here again, how can we do 
this if we do not draw some conclusions about what we see and 



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hear. 

II Thess. 3:6, "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of 
our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every 
brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he 
received of us." Again, the need to discern or judge the actions of 
another. This is what Vine says about the word disorderly - Ataktos 
(814) signifies "disorderly, with slackness" (like soldiers not keep- 
ing rank) II Thess. 3:6. 

Now I am not writing this to encourage us to go around and 
look for the faults of others and to be passing judgment upon ev- 
eryone or everything. But I do want to encourage all of us to not be 
intimidated to refrain from speaking up when we see something 
that is not according to the scriptures. 

The kind of judging we are not to do is this. I see a man who is 
drunk. I go to him and say "you are going to Hell." This is a judge- 
ment I cannot make. But I can go up to the man and say "The 
Bible says that a drunkard shall not enter heaven." We leave the 
final judgement up to God. There are many other areas where we 
can apply this. 

One thing that makes it hard is that there are many people who 
are striving to serve the Lord. But not everyone who "says" they 
are striving to serve the Lord is really doing it. We have to be "fruit 
inspectors" and we have to be "discerning." One thing lacking in 
our day is "discernment." I read a book one time called "A call to 
Discernment." The writer goes on to say that not many people use 
discernment any more. The writer of this book is a Presbyterian. 
Someone uses the name of Jesus and we think he must be a Chris- 
tian. But not everyone that uses the name Jesus is a Christian. 

So dear family, let's do like Jesus said and be wise as ser- 
pents, and harmless as doves. And one of the best helps we have 
is the Bible. Let us keep on reading the Bible. Let's not just fall for 
anything that comes along that seems to be good. Let's do some 
discerning by not going just on what is seen. Anything that is worth 
while will have some consistency to it. 

Someone has said that if we do not "stand for anything", we 
will "fall for anything." He is probably right. 



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The Scriptures also say "Know them that labor among you." I 
think that this means that we are not to be following someone we 
do not know. This would rule out following the TV preachers. Most 
of them live lives off stage that is different than they preach. I 
know of a gospel singing group who when they stayed in a motel 
were as wicked as any other secular singing group. This group is 
not around any more. But they had a following and people did not 
know them considered them fine Christians. 

Selected by Sister Terry Scofield 

THE BOY AND THE MAN 

J. H. Moore 

War Times 

But there was a sad day ahead for the whole family. In the end 
it was probably for the best, for me especially, but it was painful in 
the extreme, ft came in the iatter part of the summer of 1 861 . The 
war between the North and the South had been going on a few 
months. A large Southern army had passed just to the north of us, 
on its way to Carthage, where it met Sigel and his forces. Still later 
came the five thousand well-armed troops under the command of 
Gen. Lyon. All business had stopped. The people of the commu- 
nity were divided in sentiment and mistrusted each other. We were 
out of money, and had but little on which to live aside from what we 
had raised. Father was sick, one of my sisters had typhoid fever, 
and the whole family was in mental distress. Word came that Gen. 
Lyon had been killed and his splendid army defeated. A few days 
later Confederate soldiers were everywhere. 

One afternoon Uncle Philip and Uncle Isaac Moore were at 
our house and a consultation was held, with the children absent. 
After the two uncles had left I was told to grease the wagon, bring 
it up to the house and say not a word should a neighbor chance to 
call. Mother had whispered something to the two older girls, and 
all were busy in the house. 

Near sundown I was told that the three families were going to 
start north that night. After dark Uncle Philip came, and the few 



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things that could be crowded into the one wagon, so as not to 
make it too heavy pulling for the two horses, were hastily loaded. 
A bed was provided for my sick sister — we expecting to find it nee- 
essary to bury her somewhere along the road. The cover was 
placed on the wagon, a comfortable seat provided for father and 
mother, and the smaller children took their places as best they 
could in the wagon. The doors of a well-furnished house had been 
locked, and late at night we drove away from what had been our 
home for five years, leaving behind us plenty of cattle and hogs in 
the large wooded pasture. We left several stacks of grain, much 
corn in the cribs and still more growing in the fields. Some of us 
walked while father, though weak, drove the team. The scene was 
a sad one and made the more painful because the move meant 
the losing of practically all our earthly possessions. 

Having tarried at Uncle Philip's for the rest of the night, the 
next morning, with the two uncles and their families added, with a 
one-horse wagon for their use we proceeded on one of the sad- 
dest trips that I have ever experienced. And yet there was an 
element of joy about it. None of the party believed in war, though 
our sympathies were with the North. We were fleeing from the 
horrors of war, and if we could only reach Illinois, we thought, we 
might escape further molestation. My parents were willing to sac- 
rifice all the hard earnings of years in order to secure safety for the 
family. Day after day for two weeks, in the hot month of August, we 
pursued our course. There not being room in the wagon for me I 
walked barefoot nearly the entire distance, my clothing consisting 
of pants, shirt, hat and a thin vest. The dust was so deep and hot 
that I often had to seek a path to one side of the road in order to 
protect my bare feet from the heated dust. 

On we went, crossing the Missouri River at Boonville and the 
Mississippi at Hannibal. On reaching Illinois we were all so elated 
that we felt like shouting; in fact, I did clap my hands and exclaim, 
"Goody, we are in Illinois!" In the southern part of Adams County 
my mother happened to have a brother, and to his home we di- 
rected our course. We were all in a sad plight to be ushered into 
the presence of neatly-attired and cultured kinsfolk. To them the 
sight must have been pathetic and a bit humiliating. My uncles 



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continued their journey and finally reached Woodford County Fa- 
ther had grown stronger and was able to be about. The sick sister 
passed the crisis on the trip and finally regained her health. 

My parents leaving me with mother's brother went fifteen miles 
further, where they rented a house near Liberty, and in the com- 
munity where scores of members of the Church of the Brethren 
lived. I was put to work cutting up corn to earn money enough to 
procure a pair of boots. I was weak from much exposure during 
my long walk and the work went hard with me. The soles of my 
feet had worn through and they began to get quite tender. At times 
my stomach was too weak to retain a meal even after I had eaten 
it. The situation was discouraging, but I worked on day after day, 
earning not much over one dollar a week. Finally the task was 
completed, and early one chilly morning, when the ground was 
covered with a heavy frost, I started out, barefoot, to make my way 
to where my parents lived. With the soles of my feet still sore, the 
ground cold, and my body thinly clad, I now recall this walk of fif- 
teen miles as the most painful trip of my life. 1 am sure that the 
prodigal son, hungry and in rags, on entering his father's mansion, 
never felt greater joy in his soul than was the feeling that came to 
me when I reached the humble cottage of my parents on this occa- 
sion. That afternoon I had my measure taken for a pair of boots, 
that were to be ready for me ten days later. It took practically all of 
the money I had made to pay for them. 

In the Wolf Neighborhood 

Winter was coming on. Times were hard and I had to continue 
working to earn money with which to buy some clothing. Part of 
the time I was in the woods chopping cordwood. I was handy with 
the axe but still weak. The family might have begged for some old 
clothing, but the mind revolted at the thought. Our notion of life 
was to work and earn our living. It never occurred to us that the 
world owed us a living and that we ought to have it, work or no 
work. We all worked, saved and scrimped. Scant clothing, a very 
limited supply of provisions and a cold house in which to live made 
the winter one of suffering for us. There was no thought of school. 
All we thought of was to work and live. The baby sister, not more 



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than six weeks old when we left Missouri, was too tender to stand 
the hardships, and while the innocent spirit passed to the realm of 
the blest, the frail body was laid away in the cold grave. 

Spring was ushered in. The flowers bloomed, the trees put on 
their graceful attire, the landscapes were carpeted with the living 
green, the air was full of fragrance from the bfoom of the apple, 
plum and peach trees; songs of birds filled the air. We were on a 
farm. The soil was turned. Crops were planted and the garden 
produced vegetabies. Life began to seem more real. We had 
more to eat and could dress better. We were in the very midst of a 
prosperous and industrious set of people. We could attend church 
every Sunday. The congregation was a large one and the preacher 
entertaining, instructive and helpful. As compared with what we 
experienced the year before we were in a new world and felt more 
like ourselves. 

Our house was a little over a quarter of a mile from the home of 
that saintly man, Elder George Wolf, who had located here over 
thirty years before. He had opened up a fine farm and built up a 
large congregation of intelligent and faithful Christians, nearly two 
hundred in number. He was then a little past eighty years old, but 
in his prime had been a marvelous man. He immigrated to South- 
ern Illinois when it was yet a territory, and by taking the field against 
slavery helped to make the territory a free State. It is said that he 
did more than any other man in the State to keep slavery out of 
Illinois. 

He was not an educated man, but nature had endowed him 
with a fine mind and made of him a great man. In the pulpit he was 
a marvel. There was no stronger preacher in all the region round 
about. So thoroughly did he impress the people with his greatness 
that they wanted to place him in nomination for governor. To this 
he would not consent, saying that his work was preaching the 
Gospel and that he could not afford to become the standard bearer 
in a political movement of any type. But when a county seal was 
needed for Union County, in which he first settled when he came 
to Illinois, his figure along with that of another highly respected 
minister, was made a part of the seal. Now, the full length figure of 
Elder George Wolf appears upon every public document requiring 






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the impression of the county seal. 

It was my good fortune to spend many hours in the large room 
that he occupied, adjoining the residence of his son David, also a 
preacher of ability, and one who had served his State in the legis- 
lature. Elder Wolf was a fine-looking man, commanding in ap- 
pearance — a born leader of men. His shoulders were broad; his 
head large; his brains seemed massive; his eyes were keen, eye- 
brows arched, and his whole face wore the marks of greatness. 
He was the first really eminent man that I had chanced to meet in 
life, and to be with such a man, to hear him talk, and preach occa- 
sionally, was an inspiration forever to a boy just merging into man- 
hood. In all my relations with men I have never gotten away from 
the overshadowing influence of this marvelous preacher. The writ- 
ing spirit had not yet come to me. If it had I might have spent some 
of my time committing to papers the story, as he could have re- 
lated it, of a long pioneer and unique life. At times I have felt like 
censuring myself for being so thoughtless. It was a lost opportu- 
nity. But i was then only a boy. 

These were stirring times for a boy having any ambition about 
him. The war between the North and the South was on in full blast, 
with uncertain results. I read all the war news I could get hold of 
and simply devoured the illustrated journals publishing pictures of 
battle-field scenes. I thought more about the war than about my 
religion and schoolbooks. As time wore on Sigel became my fa- 
vorite general. I admired Grant and his military methods. I liked 
Sherman but disliked Fremont. Benjamin Butler amused me, but I 
regretted what seemed to me a weakness in McClellan, Meade 
and a few other eastern generals. I formed a fine opinion of Gen- 
eral Lee and often wished that he had not taken the wrong side in 
the unfortunate struggle. 

In the fall school opened. We had a good teacher and a fine 
set of pupils. I attended fairly regularly, and studied about as hard 
as the other boys and girls of my age, but somehow I did not make 
it go. Progress was slow. I was more at home in things relating to 
athletics. Two snowball teams were organized. I was chosen cap- 
tain of one ; and in this way became kind of a leader among the 
boys. We drilled and fought our battles. This kind of sport ap- 



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pealed to me more than the schoolroom. Such conduct was hard 
on what little religion I had, but being prompt in attending the preach- 
ing services, and listening to the sermons from Sunday to Sunday, 
the fire on the altar of the heart was kept burning. The brethren 
were patient with me, and yet Elder Wolf had me come to his room 
while he gave me a real fatherly talk and admonished me against 
being carried away by the war and irreligious spirit of the day. The 
admonition put me to thinking. 

THE 2ND TEN COMMANDMENTS 

1 . Thou shalt not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of 
all human activities. 

2. Thou shalt not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never 
come to pass. 

3. Thou shalt not cross bridges before you come to them, for 
no one yet has succeeded in doing this. 

4. Thou shalt face each problem as it comes. You can only 
handle one at a time anyway 

5. Thou shalt not take problems to bed with you, for they make 
very poor bedfellows. 

6. Thou shalt not borrow other people's problems. They can 
better care for them than you can. 

7. Thou shalt not try to re-live yesterday for good or ill. it is 
forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and 
be happy now! 

8. Thou shalt be a good listener, for only when you listen do 
you hear ideas different from your own. It is hard to learn some- 
thing new when you are talking, and some people do know more 
than you do. 

9. Thou shalt not become "bogged down v by frustration, for 
90% of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive 
action. 

1 0. Thou shalt count thy blessings, never overlooking the small 



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ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one. 

Selected 

TAKING ANOTHER LOOK 

"For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of your- 
selves: It is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." 
Ephesians 2:8-9. 

This scripture makes plain that "saving faith" is not something 
we can possess. God is at any and all times it's sole proprietor. It 
"comes by hearing" and is given to us to use, for example, like the 
air we breathe. It is not our faith or trust that we place in God, nor 
is it any faith He may place in us that saves us. Saving faith is the 
faith God has, that what Jesus has done is sufficient to pay our sin 
debt, to pay our ransom and to redeem us. 

Lee Roy Uplinger 

P.O. Box 524 * 

North Lima, OH 44452-0524 

HE WON'T ASK 

God won't ask what kind of car you drove, 
He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have 
transportation. 

God won't ask the square footage of your house, 

He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home. 

God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet, 
He'll ask how many you helped to clothe. 

God won't ask about your social status, 
He will ask what kind of class you displayed. 

God won't ask how many material possessions you had, 
He'll ask if they dictated your life. 



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God won't ask what your highest salary was, 

He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it. 

God won't ask how much overtime you worked, 
He'll ask if your overtime work was for yourself or for your 
family. 

God won't ask how many promotions you received, 
He'll ask how you promoted others. 

God won't ask what your job title was, 

He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability. 

God won't ask what you did to help yourself, 
He'll ask what you did to help others. 

God won't ask how many friends you had, 

He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend. 

God won't ask what you did to protect your rights, 
He'll ask what you did to protect the rights of others. 

God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived, 
He'll ask how you treated your neighbors. 

God won't ask about the color of your skin, 
Hell ask about the content of your character. 

God won't ask how many times your deeds matched your 

words, 
He'll ask how many times they didn't. 

-Author Unknown 

Selected by Sister Carol Walker 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR FEBRUARY 

2002 

February 3 - Wise in Your Own Eyes or a Fool For Jesus?-I Cor. 
3:18-4:13 

1 . Why does God view the wisdom of this world as foolish- 
ness? 

2. Why did Paul say "ye are honorable, but we are de- 
spised"? 

February 10 - Fatherly Counsel and Admonition - 1 Cor. 4:14-5:8 

1, What is the difference between an instructor and a fa- 
ther? 

2. How may one who is involved in a serious sin, be deliv- 
ered unto Satan? 

February 17 - Fellowship Forbidden; Defrauding Your Brother - I 
Cor. 5:9-6:11 

1 . What kind of situation would require us to break fellow- 
ship with a brother or sister in the church? 

2. If we have been cheated by our brother, is there any- 
thing that we should do besides suffer ourselves to be 
defrauded? 

February 24 - Our Bodies Belong to God - I Cor. 6:12-20 

1 . How can Paul say "All things are lawful unto me"? 

2. Why is your body the temple of the Hofy Spirit and not 
your soul? 



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YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
FEBRUARY 2002 

February 3 - Our Virtue - II Peter 1 :3-1 1 , Phil. 4:6-9, 1 Peter 3:1 0-1 2 

1 , Describe the divine nature and how it may be acquired. 

2. If we love life and desire to see good days, how will our 
thought life have an impact on the outcome? 

February 10 - Our Dedication-Ex. 32:26-33, II Kings 23:2-3, Phil. 

3:7-14 

1. How much time and energy can be spent on things of 
this world before it hinders our dedication to God? 

2. What is "the prize of the high calling of God in Christ 
Jesus"? 

February 17 - Our Anchor - Hebrews 6:1-28 

1 . Is it possible to lose our salvation, and if so, how? 

2. How is our hope in Jesus rooted in the immutability of 
God? 

February 24 - Hypocrisy - Matt. 23:12-28, Luke 6:44-49 

1 . Can you make a parallel application to each of the situ- 
ations that Jesus addressed with the Pharisees? 

2. Sometimes we think that only one who preaches the 
letter of the law may be a hypocrite, but what about one 
who says that he is a Christian but doesn't live like one? 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E, Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis StJohn, Secretary 
21397-County Road BSO 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C, Smith. Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81 057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1 734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
PSfU, IN 46970 

Gordon Jamison. Treasurer 
2270 Co.Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Cours 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

Paul Stump 

1 0340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Martin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 1 2th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 

1 0340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Ronald Marks, Secretary 
1813 N. 136th Avenue 
Hart, Ml 49420 



Fred O. Pifer. Treasurer 
1 734 240th Street 
Adel, I A 50003 

Merte Swcitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold, OH 43502 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 1735S 

Phil Franklin 

1520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto. CA 95350 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, C A 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Marlin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

Lloyd Lorenz, Treasurer 
3949 S 1 00 E 
Peru.lN 44970 
(576) 473-5045 

Gordon Jamison 
R 1 Box 136 
Quinter, KS 67752 
(785) 754-3639 



Paul Nell 

7298 Woodland Drive 
Spring Grove, PA 17362 
(717) 225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed. Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto. CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, I A 50063 

Marfan Jamison. Treasurer 

Box 1 00 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion. PA 1 7356 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
1O340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Phil Franklin, Secretary 
1520 Brannon Ave. 
Modesto, CA 95350 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar MO 64078 

Ray R.Reed 
302 Percival 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXX 



FEBRUARY 2002 



NO. 2 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



RESOLUTION 

Now I resolve with all my heart. 
With all my pow'rs to serve the Lord; 
Nor from his precepts e'er depart, 
Whose service is a rich reward. 

O be his service all my joy! 
Around let my example shine : 
Till others love the blest employ, 
And join in labors so divine. 

Be this the purpose of my soul, 
My solemn, my determined choice, 
To yield to his supreme control, 
And in his kind commands rejoice. 



O may I never faint nor tire, 
Nor, wand'ring, leave his sacred ways; 
Great God, accept my soul's desire, 
And give me strength to live thy praise. 

-Anne Steeie 



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THE MORNING CLOUD ANDTHE MORNING DEW 

Some things in life are permanent; others are transitory. Among 
those things that come for a short period of time are the morning 
clouds and the dew. The morning cloud is a soft, fluffy cloud that 
moves quickly across the sky. People might think that there might 
be some moisture coming, but it goes its way, and the sun shines 
again. There is no rain, just an unfulfilled promise. Dew appears 
when the warm air of the previous day is cooled by the night's 
lower temperature. Because the warmer air contains more mois- 
ture than cooler air, it must get rid of the excess. That excess is 
deposited over the ground as dew. A heavy dew may appear as if 
it has rained, but that would be an illusion. Both the morning cloud 
and the morning dew are quickly gone. They are seen and felt but 
do not last. 

Hosea also uses the wind-driven chaff and the smoke rising 
from the chimney as similar pictures in Hosea 1 3:3. These things, 
like the morning cloud and morning dew, are transitory. When the 
grain is beaten with a flail, the wind will blow away the chaff and 
leave the grain. When smoke goes up the chimney and into the 
air, it soon vanishes away. That puff of smoke is a picture of the 
brevity of man's life. 

in this instance, Hosea is speaking of Ephraim. The complaint 
against Ephraim was that he was unfaithful, worshipping Baal in- 
stead of the Lord who had led them into the Promised Land. The 

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tribe of Ephraim became the dominant tribe among the ten north- 
ern tribes. Ephraim represented Israel. Hosea was warning Israel 
of their precarious position. They had turned from God unto Baal. 
Hosea warned them that their course was unwise for it would 
imperil their standing with God. He would eventually bring judg- 
ment upon them. They would, like all men, have to face the judg- 
ment of God for their deeds. They were not faithful so they an- 
swered for it. 

While describing Ephraim as an empty cloud, he spoke of God 
as the one and only Saviour. The total faithfulness of God is here 
contrasted with the fickleness of Ephraim. God could be depended 
on, while Ephraim was as the unfulfilled promise of a fluffy cloud. 
Ephraim as the leading tribe of Israel was powerful and in the po- 
sition to lead them in following God. Instead Ephraim proved to be 
a false leader, leading them to worship Baal. 

There was a severe judgment pronounced on Ephraim for this 
lack of faithfulness. They would meet God as the judge, here pic- 
tured as a Iron, a leopard and a distraught bear. To meet any one 
of these animals would be trial enough, but to meet all three would 
be severe judgment and punishment. 

Later, Israel did meet with a terrible judgment. After a history 
of disrespect towards God, His prophets and leaders, Israel was 
subdued by the Assyrians, Many were carried away to Assyria. 
Strange tribes of people were brought in to live among those who 
were left in the land. Their religion became a combination of hea- 
then worship and the rituals of the Law. Eventually, they nearly 
disappeared from the earth, through intermarriage and their cor- 
rupted religion. By the time of Ezra's return to Jerusalem, there 
were very few of the ten northern tribes who were identifiable as 
the worshippers of God. 

Although God dealt with them in a more direct way than He 
seemingly does with us, that does not mean that we will not have 
to face His judgment. We have received so much more than those 
of the Old Testament times. We have been the recipients of a "So 
Great Salvation" purchased through the blood of Jesus Christ. They 
could only look forward to a future sacrifice, that was pictured in 
the rituals and requirements of the Mosaic Law. We have what 



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was their future. 

Having received such a precious Gift, we should strive to fulfill 
the promise of our lives. When we became a part of God's family, 
we each had a promise of faithful service. Our new lives are a 
promise of a faithful witness to the world around us as well and an 
encouragement to our fellow believers. This surrounding promise 
is not just spoken words, but a willing lifetime of service and love. 

How often are we but empty clouds? How often are we like the 
dew ; that delivers a little bit of moisture, but not nearly enough. Do 
these pictures describe our lives? We are not bad or unfaithful 
people. It is that God does not have the highest priority in our 
lives. There are so many other things that hold our attention and 
labor. We produce a little dew, but no real moisture. 

Are you the fluffy cloud, the light dew, the chaff, or the puff of 
smoke? Do you fulfill the promise of a life lived to God's glory and 
for the good of others? Be all that God expects and equips you to 
be. 

M.C.Cook 



SPEAK PLAINLY 

II Corinthians 3:12, "Seeing then that we have such hope, we 
use great plainness of speech:' 1 

Habakkuk 2:2, "And the Lord answered me, and said, write the 
vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth 
it." 

I Corinthians 14:8, "For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, 
who shall prepare himself to the battle?" 

A man came to Confucius many years ago and asked him, 
"What can a teacher do to best benefit his students?" Confucius 
answered, "Give the right definition of things." In other words, speak 
plainly. There should be no doubt about our stand as Christians. I 
Corinthians 14:33 tells us that God is not the author of confusion. 
Psalm 71:1 , a psalm of David, says, "In thee, Lord, do I put my 
trust: let me never be put to confusion." 

We recently wrote an article which was published in the No- 



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vember2001 Monitor regarding the Harry Potter books. We totally 
trusted our sources, but it seems that some of the quotations used 
may have been satirical. They came from a humor web-site called 
the Onion. Those of us who understand the Word of God also 
must understand the enemy. Confusion is one of the enemy's most 
useful tools. We must speak plainly. 

If I told you, in jest, that I eat newborn babies for breakfast, you 
would probably know I was kidding, but a young child would ques- 
tion my statement, and probably not ever trust my word again. 
Those who jest about witchcraft are soft-pedaling the seriousness 
of the subject, just as sinners joke about hell. The fact is, when 
someone makes a statement like this, there will always be some- 
one to believe it, and in most cases, the person making the state- 
ment is really telling the truth. 

Do we apologize for our article? Though some of the quota- 
tions were written in a satirical vein, and we are sorry for that, yet 
we cannot say for sure if those who wrote them are really writing 
satirically or not. We do believe, however, that the article's warn- 
ing about the confusion emanating from Harry Potter is well 
founded, and we must continue to warn others of this deception. 

This is just like our stand against the deception of television. 
There are good things on television. It sucks you in, until you are 
believing a lot of the things found there. This writer grew up with 
television and knows how deceptive this thing can be. Evan radio 
can be deceptive. On Halloween Eve, 1938, the Mercury Theater 
of the Air broadcast H. G. Well's WAR OF THE WORLDS. People 
in New Jersey thought they were being invaded by Martians. That 
is why we must put our trust in God's Word. If you cannot be sure 
about what is seen on television, the Internet, radio, or other me- 
dia, you can be sure of the Word of God. It is entirely trustworthy. 

We who have the Hope of Christ will not try to fool you. We will 
use great plainness of speech. Witchcraft today is an honest pro- 
fession. Palm readers and fortune-tellers today advertise in news- 
papers and appear on television. They are looked up to, yet the 
Bible tells us not to suffer a witch to live. Those who deal in famil- 
iar spirits abound today having best-sellers on the book lists and 
popular television series, yet they cannot prove, no can be 



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disproven, that they talk to the dead. Children's books have gradu- 
ated into portraying witchcraft. All they have to do is convince you 
that there is nothing wrong with it, or by joking about it, just like the 
person who says he will be happy in hell, because all his friends 
will be there. You will not hear us joking about hell, or about witch- 
craft, because we, as Christians, know the power of the forces of 
evil. 

Oftimes we hear the question, "What is wrong with it?" When 
this question is asked, I say, "Get away from the edge!" If we were 
standing at the edge of a cliff, would it be all right to sit down and 
swing your legs over? We should get back from the edge and say 
rather, "What is right with it? Does it have any redeeming value at 
all? Will it bring me closer to God? Can I thank Him for it? Is it 
trustworthy?' 1 

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this 
one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reach- 
ing forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the 
mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 
Phiiippians 3:13-14. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

THANK GOD — NO LONGER A SERVANT OF SIN 

"But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye 
have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was deliv- 
ered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants 
of righteousness/' Romans 6:17-18. 

At the time this is being written our country is in great turmoil. 
Not only are many wondering what there is to be thankful for, but 
the question is often posed, "Where is God in all this?" As the 
children of God we may not have an answer that will satisfy the 
unsaved, but we should have an answer that brings peace and 
thankfulness to our hearts. 

The Apostle Paul reminds us that we were the servants of sin. 
All of us were born with the carnal, adamic, sinful nature. Many, if 



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not most, of us allowed this nature to have control before we ac- 
cepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We believe God has 
also placed the free will to reject His offer of salvation within the 
heart of every child that is born. The final destiny of those who 
never hear the plan of salvation is in the hands of a just God. Our 
responsibility is to make His plan known to those to whom He sends 
us. 

Anyone who is not a child of God is a servant of sin. This is the 
ultimate answer to the turmoil in our country and in the world. 

THANK GOD we have obeyed from the heart that form of doc- 
trine which was delivered to us. Most of all, that form of doctrine is 
made reality by the shed blood of Jesus Christ upon Calvary. One 
of the reasons, we believe, that God shined His blessing upon 
America, though we do not believe that its origin was according to 
scripture, was because the vast majority of the churches at one 
time taught and preached this ultimate truth. Will God allow judg- 
ment to come upon a nation where many churches are now teach- 
ing that all religions are different roads to God? 

THANK GOD we have been made free from sin. Does this 
mean that we are now completely sinless? There are those who 
teach this. We believe that the Apostle Paul is referring to his 
thesis that we are no longer servants to sin. In verse 14 of this 
same chapter he informs us, "For sin shall not have dominion over 
you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace." In Galatians 
5:19-21 we read, ' ; Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which 
are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idola- 
try, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, 
heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such 
like: of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, 
that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of 
God." Other Scriptures add to this list, sins that are either ignored 
or actually made respectable by modern church leaders. There is 
no doubt in our mind that a true child of God can struggle with 
things that are listed as works of the flesh. Are there any among 
us that have never struggled with hatred, strife and envying? But 
we conveniently list these as "lesser sins." Unconditional eternal 
security by inference, denies what the Bible says. We are per- 



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suaded that sin of any type that controls our lives will keep us from 
salvation if we are not willing to forsake it and will sever our rela- 
tionship to God if it becomes a problem in a Christian's life. This is 
a sober thought that should cause all of us to take note of what 
rules our life. 

THANK GOD we have become servants of righteousness, it 
should be our desire to be true to Holy Scripture in all things. At 
times of national crisis, such as was experienced on September 
1 1 , 2001 , there is often a call for prayer. Prayer is always appropri- 
ate and we are thankful for government leaders that recognize this 
need. However, at the same time those who called for righteous- 
ness were not accepted by the majority it seems. 

THANK GOD for our freedom in the Lord Jesus Christ. A free- 
dom that surpasses national freedom. Are we reaily thankful? Are 
we thankfui enough to suffer for our faith? 

THANK GOD FOR SALVATION THROUGH THE BLOOD OF 
JESUS CHRIST so that we are no longer a servant to sin! 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

BIBLE STORIES 

THE CENTURION'S FAITH 

While Jesus was in Capernaum, an officer of the Roman army 
asked for His help. He was a centurion, which means that he was 
captain over one hundred soldiers. He may have been the most 
important Roman officer in that city. It was his duty to keep the 
peace and no doubt he had heard Jesus talk, as he wouid want to 
make sure Jesus wasn't saying anything that might make the people 
rebel against Rome. As he heard Jesus teach the people to love 
one another and saw Him do miracles of healing, he learned to 
respect and know Jesus better than many others did. 

One day the centurion's servant, who was very dear to him, 
was sick and about to die. The centurion heard that Jesus was 
close by and sent some of the most important Jews to ask Him to 
come and heal his servant. When these Jews came to Jesus they 



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said, 'This man is worthy, for he loves our nation and has even 
built us a synagogue;' (We would say a "church house"). 

Jesus went with them and when they came close to the 

centurion's home, the centurion sent some of his friends out to 
meet Jesus ; and they repeated what he had told them, "Lord, trouble 
not yourself, for I am not worthy that you should come to my house. 
i didn't think myself worthy to come to you. but just say the word 
and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man under au- 
thority, and I say 'go' to this soldier and he goes and 'do this' to 
another and he does it." 

When Jesus heard this He marveled and said unto the people 
that followed Him, "I say unto you : I have not found so great faith, 
no, not in Israel." 

And when the centurion's friends returned they found the ser- 
vant well and strong that had been sick, I think they must have all 

been very happy, don't you? 

The centurion, a Roman soldier was the first to see that Jesus 
was not only one who could heal and teach, but was also a Ruler 
and a King! He had seen more in Jesus than the Jews whose 
Messiah He really was. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

MARRIAGE 

ST. JOHN-BROWN 

Sister Colleen St. John, daughter of Dennis and Donna St. 
John of Bryan, Ohio and Brother George Brown, son of Martin and 
Joan Brown of West Gardiner, Maine, were united in marriage No- 
vember 3, 2001. They are residing at PO, Box 575, West Unity, 
OH 43570. 

OBITUARY 

IONARUSH 
Sister lona Pauline Rush, 87, formerly of Converse, Indiana 
died Tuesday, December 25, 2001, at Dukes Memorial Hospital in 
Peru, Indiana. 



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She was the daughter of Albert and Lydia (Kendall) Lantz. 

lona was born on July 5, 1914. She married Harley Rush in 
Wabash County Indiana on February 21,1 942. He survives at the 
nursing home in Peru where they resided for the past few years. 

Also surviving are a son, Dale (Sue) Rush, Peru, Indiana; two 
daughters, Margaret (Harliss) Birt, Wabash, Indiana and Clarice 
(Robert) Carpenter. Peru, Indiana; twelve grandchildren and eight 
great-grandchildren. Two sisters, three brothers and a great-grand- 
daughter are deceased. 

lona was a charter member of the Plevna Dunkard Brethren 
Church. She was a custodian at the Converse City Hall from 1 965 
until her retirement in 1992. 

Services were held, December 28, 2001, at 2;00 P.M. in the 
Plevna Dunkard Brethren Church, Officiating ministers were El- 
der Harley Flory and Elder Lloyd Lorenz. Burial was in the Kendall 

Cemetery 

The singing was by the grandchildren and the following two 
poems, written by two of the grandsons, were used at the service, 

The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, 
visits, flowers and so forth given to lona and Harley, and the rest of 
the family, at this time and through their years in the nursing home. 

May God richly bless each and every one of you. 

Please continue to remember Bro. Harley as he goes through 
this time of loneliness in missing his companion of almost sixty 
years. 

The Family 

GRANDMA'S HANDS 

Grandma's hands were never idle 
Their labor never ended, 
They were always serving others 
As to their needs she tended. 

Grandma's hands were never idle 
As her dear children grew, 
She was always busy loving 



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And caring for them too. 

Grandma's hands were never idle 
Throughout all her years, 
She was always there 

To wipe another's tears. 

Grandma's hands were never idle 
When another was in need, 
She was always busy 
Doing a good deed. 

Now her hands are still not idle 
For in Heaven she serves her Lord. 
Her service here below 
Earth could not afford. 

-Marlin Carpenter 
THE GREATEST WOMAN I EVER KNEW 
The greatest woman that I ever knew, 
Always had plenty of time for you. 
She was a wife, a mom, and grandmother, 
She spent her days helping others. 

Sewing, gardening, cooking, working every day 
Only to give the fruits of her labor away. 
Harsh words for anyone, she hadn't any, 
She was a person I could only hope to be. 

She was so good, honest, and pure, 
Now gone on to meet our Savior. 
My only regret is, 

Why couldn't I have found more time for her? 

-Brian Carpenter 



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should not be indulged in. 

CIVILIAN SERVICE BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 
515-992-3947 

Robert Lehigh, Exec. Sec. 

R.7 Box 7840 

Spring Grove, PA 17403 

717-225-4928 

Robert Carpenter 
6150E775S 
Peru, IN 46970 
317-395-7879 

Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

209-874-2832 






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Milton Cook 

1138 East 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

909-845-6231 



Paul Nell 

7298 Woodand Drive 

Spring Grove, PA 17403 

717-225-1663 



RELIEF BOARD 



SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD 



Henry Walker, Chairman 
1 2409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
209-874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretery 
2654 K Avenue 
AdeL IA 50003 
515-993-3028 

Lloyd Lorenz, Treasurer 
39495 100 E 
Peru, IN 46970 
765-473-5045 

Gordon Jamison 
2270 Co. Rd. 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 
785-754-3639 



Dennis St. John 

21397-B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

David L. Skiles 
HCR79Box8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Fred Pifer 

1734 240th Street 

Adel, IA 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Rd. 
Feiton, PA 17322 



LOCATION OF CHURCH HOUSES 



BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

Located on Route 419, five miles east of Bethel, which is one 
mile south of Interstate 78, Rehrersburg Exit 17. The Church and 
school are located together. The telephone number is 717-933- 

5510. 

BROADWATER CHAPEL, MARYLAND 

Located on Savage River Road in Garrett County.Maryland 
From Cumberland, Maryland, travel west on interstate 68, 20 



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miles to Lower New Germany Road (Exit 24). Turn left or south 
under the Interstate three-tenths mile, turn right on Lower New 
Germany Road. Go 3.8 miles, turn left on Westernport Road. Go 
3.8 miles, turn right on Savage River Road. Go 3.9 miles to church 

on left. 

From Morgantown, West Virginia area travel east on Interstate 
68 to Lower New Germany Road (Exit 24). Turn right, go three 
tenths mile, turn right on Lower New Germany Road and follow 
above directions. 

Traveling east or west on U.S. Route 50 take U.S. Route 220 
north. Take Maryland Route 1 35 at McCoole (just north of Keyser, 
West Virginia, on Maryland side of bridge) go seven miles on Route 

135 (passing through Westernport and past WESTVACO Paper 
Mill) to Savage River Road. Turn right on Savage River Road, go 
12.5 miles to church on right 

CLEARVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Ciearville Congregation is located in South-Central Penn- 
sylvania, 16 miles south of Everett and about six miles south of 
Ciearville. From Everett take Rt. 26 to Ciearville. At Ciearville go 
straight south, leaving Rt. 26, which turns right. Go 1 .5 miles, turn 
right at the fork. The church is five miles on [eft side of road. Ser- 
vices are held every Sunday at 10:00 AM. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

Dallas Center is located on Rt. 44, twenty-four miles northwest 
of Des Moines. Turn off Rt.44 unto Quinlan Avenue at west edge 
of Dallas Center. The church is located at 2323 Quinlan Avenue, 
three-fourth mile north on the west side of the road. 

DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

Turn west from Interstate 81 at Harrisonburg Exit #245. Go to 
fourth stop light, Rt.42, turn left to Dayton, 3.5 miles right on Rt. 
257, two blocks. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

Twelve miles north of Dayton, Ohio, Rt 40 and Rt 48 cross at 

the center of Englewood. Church house is located on the right of 



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Rt 48, one block north of this junction. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

Located on Green Road, one block north of County Rd 130. 
Take U.S. 33 or Indiana 15 to Goshen. Turn west at police booth. 
Four blocks beyond bridge, turn right on North Indiana Ave., go 
one block. Turn left on West Clinton Street. Go one mile to Green 
Road, turn right and go one block. The church is located on the 
east side of the road. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Church is located south of Grandview. Take 
the west access road of 71 Highway 1.5 miles south to 140th Street. 
Turn west and go to second street, turn south one block. 

HART, MICHIGAN 

From Muskegon go north on Rt. 31 to Hart Exit. Go left from 
freeway about 1 .5 miles to tee in road. Turn right and go approxi- 
mately one half mile to church on left side of road. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

Coming from the south on Route 501, turn right on Newport 
Road, which is about a mile north of Lititz. Coming from the north 
turn left on Newport Road. Go to second crossroads, turn right. 
The white church is on the right, 

MOHLERS, PENNSYLVANIA 

Mohler Meetinghouse - Located near Route 15 on Old 
Gettysburg Road, south of Mechanicsburg. Coming from the South 
take the Rossmoyne/Wesley Drove Exit off Route 15, Make a left 
unto Rossmoyne Road and another left on Old Gettysburg Road. 
The meetinghouse is on the left after you travel about one-half 
miie. Coming from the north you will exit onto Rossmoyne Road 
and make a left onto Old Gettysburg Road. 

Brightbill Meetinghouse - Located on U.S. Route 322, 2.5 miles 
east of Campbelltown, Pennsylvania in Lebanon County. The 
meeting house is a grey limestone building. 



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RIDGE, WEST VIRGINIA 

From Interstate 68, which transverses east and west through 
western Maryland, proceed to Cumberland, Maryland. Take Route 
220 South through Keyser, West Virginia to US 50. (You will need 
to take a left turn to continue following Route 220.) Turn east (left) 
on US 50 and proceed to Ridgeville. Turn right (south) onto Knobley 
Road. 

Follow Knobley Road 7.8 miles (The Antioch Church of God 
will be on your right). Turn left onto Harness Run Road (which is 
unpaved). Keep to the right at the "Y" and proceed 1 .5 miles to the 
Ridge church house on the left. 

Coming from the east or west on US 50, turn south onto Knobley 
Road at Ridgeville, and follow the above directions (from Knobley 
Road to the church) 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

Fourteen miles south of York on Rt 111, at the north end of the 
town of Shrewsbury. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

Church address is: 2191 Swallow Falls Road., Oakland, MD 
21 550. Take Maryland Rt. 219 North of Oakland 5.5 miles or South 
of I 68, 18 miles to Mayhew Inn Road. West on Meyhew Inn Road 
to the stop sign (4.2 miles). Bear left onto the Oakland- Sang Run 
Road for .3 mile to the Swallow Falls Road. Turn right onto the 
Swallow Falls Road for .3 mile. The Church will be on your left. 

WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 

Church address is: 4000 Kump Station Road, Taney town, MD 
21787. From Litilestown.PA travel Route 194 south toward Mary- 
land. After crossing PA/MD line (this is shortly after Kingsdale 
Firehouse on right), turn left onto second hard road on your left, 
which is Kump Station Road. Follow this road approximately one 
fourth mile to brick church house on right. 

From Tan eytown, MD, take Route 194 north three miles. Turn 
right onto Kump Station Road. Brick church house is on right, 
approximately one fourth miie. 



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WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

Church is located in west side of towrr on the corner of Ridge 
and Third Streets. Turn south of Route 16 on Fairview Avenue, go 
two blocks and turn left on Third Street, church house is one block. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

Near Wauseon, Ohio, located on U.S. Rt. 20 Alternate, 3.5 miles 
west of the junction of Ohio Rt. 108 and U.S. 20 Alternate. 

WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA 

Located in Cherry Valley. Coming north of Beaumont on Beau- 
mont Avenue, turn right on Brookside, go to Jonathan, turn left, go 
one block to Lincoln, turn right and go to church house, which is on 
left side of road. Coming east on 1-10 exit at Cherry Valley Blvd. go 
to end of road at Noble. Turn right go two blocks to Lincoln, turn 
left go to church house on left side of road. Conning west on 1-10 
exit at Highland Springs Road. Turn right, go to Brookside, turn 
left, go to Winesap, turn right, go one block to Lincoln, turn left. 
Church house is on right side of road. 

MISSIONS 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION, NEW MEXICO 

Located 23 miles southwest of Cuba : New Mexico. In Cuba 5 
turn on State Highway 197. Follow Rt. 197 for 19 miles to a paved 
road leading to the left. This marked Mission Road and a mission 
sign is at this junction. Present personnel includes: David and 
Mildred Skiles; Paul David and Sarah Skiles; Andrea Pifer; Rhea 
Flora; Jason Carpenter; Rachel Heisey and Sara St. John. Visitors 
would be wise to notify the Mission in advance. Address: HCR 79, 
Box 8, Cuba, NM 87013-9701; telephone: 505-731-2292. If no 
answer call 505-731-2300 or 505-731-2341. Please contact for 
further information. 

AFRICAN MISSION 

Located in Makutano, Kenya. Address: P.O.Box 658, 
Kapenguria, Kenya, EA. 



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MINISTERIAL LIST 



ALDINGER. STEVEN (M) 
HCR67 Box 106V 
Mifflin, Pennsylvania 17058 
717-734-3588 

ANDREWS, MARK(E) 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, Missouri 64078 
816-779-4204 

AUNGST, DAVID (M) 

R.5 Box 168 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17963 

570-345-6588 

AUNGST. JEFF (M) 
RR 2 Box 320 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17963 
570-345-6211 

BECK, JUSTIN (M) 
480 Schubert Road 
Bethel, Pennsylvania 19507 
717-933-5944 



BEEMAN, STEVEN (M) 
168 Wolfsbridge Road 
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 
717-245-0139 

BROSS, SCOTT (M) 

70 Meckville Road 

Myerstown, Pennsylvania 17067 

71>-933-4662 

BURGESS, WAYNE (M) 

Box 82 

Hasty, Colorado 81044 

719-829-4267 

BYFIELD, PAUL (E) 
2142 240th Street 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-2175 

CARPENTER, ROBERT W. (E) 
6150 E 775 S 
Peru, Indiana 46970 
765-395-7879 



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CARPENTER, WILLIAM (E) 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 
517-458-6535 

COOK, MILTON (E) 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, California 92223 
909-845-6231 

CORDREY, MARK{M) 
1301 Dakota Avenue 
Modesto, California 95358 
209-549-2015 

COVER, RUDOLPH (E) 

Bethany Home 

930 West Main Street 

Ripon, California 95366 

209-599-1114 

EBERLY JAMES D. (M) 

P.O.Box 504 

Terre Hill, Pennsylvania 17581 

717-445-4515 

FLORY, HARLEY (E) 
27505 Flory Road, R.4 
Defiance, Ohio 43512 
419-497-3953 

FUNK, KEVIN (M) 

2417 N Avenue 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

515-992-3319 

GISH, PHILIP (M) 
750 South Hufford Road 
Casstown, Ohio 45312 
937-339-5395 

GUNDERMAN. TERRY (E) 
22358 C.R. 118 
Goshen, Indiana 46528 
219-875-7155 



HARRIS, OTTO (E) 

HC75Box 131 

New Creek, West Virginia 26743 

304-749-7518 

HARTZ, PAUL A. Jr. (E) 
157 North Lincoln Street 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078 
717-838-1810 

HEISEY WILLIAM (E) 
9956 U.S. Route 36 
Bradford, Ohio 45308 
937-448-2560 

JAMISON. DALEE. {E) 
2260 Co. Rd. 74 
Quinter. Kansas 67752 
785-754-3416 

JAMISON, GORDON (E) 
2270 Co. Rd.74 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
785-754-3639 

JAMISON, HERMAN (E) 
804 Hillside Drive 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
785-754-3686 

JOHNSON, FREDERICK (M) 
473 Dame Street 
P.O.Box 53087 
Pettisville, Ohio 43553 
419-445-4976 

JOHNSON, H. EDWARD (E) 
1307 S.H. 108 

Wauseon. Ohio 43567 
419-337-0251 

JOHNSON, JEREMIAH (M) 
1773 North 136th Avenue 
Hart. Michigan 49420 
231-873-2010 



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KAUFFMAN, EUGENE (E) 
313 Park Avenue 
Broadway. Virginia 22815 
540-896-3104 

KEGERREIS. JAMES (E) 
220 Narrows Drive 
Lebanon. Pennsylvania 17046 
717-274-6619 

LEATHERMAN. CHARLES (E) 

18158-H 

Wauseon. Ohio 43567 

419-337-6593 

LEATHERMAN, VIRGIL (E) 

10B Juniata Court 

New Oxford, Pennsylvania 17350 

717-624-5971 

LEDINGTON, JOHN (M) 

809 Red River-West Grove Road 
Laura, Ohio 45337 

LEHIGH, ROBERTS. (E) 

5137 Waltersdorf Road 

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 17362 

717-225-4928 

LITFIN. GALEN (E) 
1314 E. 7th Street 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 
503-538-2668 

LORENZ, LLOYD (E) 
3949 S 100 E 
Peru, Indiana 46970 
765-473-5045 

MALLOW, ELDON (E) 

467 Miller Road 

Clearville, Pennsylvania 15535 

814-784-3488 

MARKS, MARLIN (E) 
3027 Acorn Lane 

Red Lion. Pennsylvania 17356 
717-246-9193 



MARKS, RONALD L. (E) 
1813 North 136th Avenue 
Hart, Michigan 49420 
231-873-2113 

MEYERS, JAMES (E) 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3947 

MILLER, LYNN H. (M) 
70 Round Bam Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 
717-949-3992 

MILLER, WESLEY (M) 
802 Castle Rock Road 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
785-391-2231 

MYERS, DENNIS (M) 
2395 268th Lane 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-5357 

NELL, PAUL L. (E) 

7298 Woodland Drive 

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 1 7362 

717-225-1663 

PEFFER, JOHN (M) 
150 Wolfs Bridge Road 
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 
717-243-8328 

PIFER. FREDO. (E) 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-3187 

REECE, DAVID (M) 

1341 Bennett Road 
Modesto, California 95358 
209-529-2741 

REED, HAYES (E) 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95355 
209-523-2753 



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REED, JASON (M) 

R.4 Box 66 

Myerstown, Pennsylvania 17067 

717-866-6489 

REED, RAY R. (E) 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

515-992-3031 

RENICKER, RODNEY (M) 

P.O.Box 1161 

Salida. California 95368 

209-545-1478 

RICE, DAVID (M) 

4639 Addison-New Carlisle Road 

New Carlisle, Ohio 45344 

937-845-2128 

RUSH, HARLEY(E) 
Millers Merry Manor 
317 Blair Pike Room 66 
Peru, Indiana 46970 
765-473-4919 

SHAFFER, DEAN E. (M) 
1205 Danielle Drive 
Frederick, Maryland 21703 
301-682-5236 

SHAFFER, FRANK D. (E) 
13092 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 
717-597-7282 

SHAFFER, FRANK E. Jr. (E) 
13055 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 
717-597-4730 

SHELLY, EMMERT O. (E) 
460 California Road 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-4975 



SKILES : DAVID L. (E) 

HCR79 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

505-731-2292 

SKILES, PAUL D. (M) 

HCR79Box8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

505-731-2300 

SMITH, WARREN C. (E) 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
719-829-4521 

SNYDER, DAVID (M) 
25498 County Rd.LL 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
719-829-4141 

STJOHN, DENNIS (E) 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, Ohio 43506 

419-428-2305 

STJOHN, THOMAS (E) 
20380 Co. Road R 
Alvordton. Ohio 43501 
419-924-5242 

STUBER, RAY(E) 
5200 Swamp Road 
Felton, Pennsylvania 17322 
717-246-1116 

STUMP PAUL (E) 
10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, Ohio 45322 
937-836-6559 

SWEITZER, MERLE (E) 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, Pennsylvania 17322 
717-993-2637 



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VALENTINE. DONALD JR 

(DICK}(M) 
575 Buchanan Road 
Orrtanna, Pennsylvania 17353 
717-334-2222 

WALKER, HENRY (E) 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, California 95386 
209-874-2832 

WERTZ, LEONARD (M) 

Box 178 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

785-754-2390 



WILKERSON, KENNETH (M) 
1260 Pine Grove Road 
Fredericksburg. PA 
717-865-5852 

WOLFE. KENNETH (M) 

RD.6Box 159 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17963 

717-345-8107 

WOLFE, VERLING (M) 

115 Club Road 

Bethel, Pennsylvania 19507 

717-933-4246 



DUNKARD BRETHREN DEACONS 



Andrews, Larry 
Aungst, Dale 
Beachler, Steve 
Birt, Harliss 
Bittinger, Lester 
Blocher, Stephen 
Boone, Barry 
Brooks, Marion 
Burtner, Clair 
Castle, Keith 
Cease, John 
Clayton, Lawrence 
Eberiy, Donald 
Eberly. Marvin 
Eberiy, Roy 
Flory, Marvin 
Franklin, Philip 
Gunderman, Reinhold 
Heisey, Paul 
Heisey, Steve 
Hostetler, Don 
Jamison, Marian 



Jamison, Tom 

Johns, David Lee 
Kasza, Eugene 
Kasza, Russell 
Kasza, Tim 
Kegerreis, Harold 
Keeney, Sam 
Kreiner, Ted 
Lichtenberger, Robert 
Litfin, Doyle 
Litfin, Ted 
Lorenz, Carl 
Lorenz, Doyle 
Meyers, Dale 
Meyers, Dennis 
Meyers, John 
Meyers, Lee 
Meyers, Martin 
Meyers, Roy 
Miller, Dean 
Miller, Kenton 



Miller, Levi H. 
Musselman, Harold 
Myers, Paul B. 
Newman, Dale 
Noecker, Daniel Jr. 
Noecker, Richard 
Peters, Ron 
Pike, Lowell 
Pike, Wayne 
Priest, Duane 
Priest, Tom 
Reed, Carl E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Reed, Oty 
St.John, Clifford 
St. John, Rick 
Sowers, Charles 
Stump, Terry 
Swihart, Roger 
Wertz, I von 
Wertz, Lee 



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NEWS ITEMS 

2002 GENERAL CONFERENCE 

We are pleased to announce that the Memorial Holiness Camp 
has been operating again this past year. They will be able to ac- 
commodate us again this year for our General Conference, The 
Lord willing, General Conference will be held June 8-12, 2002 at 
the Camp on Jay Road near West Milton, Ohio. More information 
will be given later. 

Reservations should be sent to: 

Brother Don Hostetler 

8483 Arcanum-Bears Mill Rd. 

Greenville, OH 45331 

Brother Paul Stump, Arrangements Committee 

DALLAS CENTER ; IOWA 

The Lord willing, the Dallas Center Iowa Congregation will hold 
a revival meeting starting March 10 through March 17. Bro. Den- 
nis St. John will be our evangelist. The meetings will close with 
Lovefeast Services on March 16 and 17. We would appreciate 
any who can come and worship with us. Pray for the meetings. 

Sister Mary Meyers, Cor. 
PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

Our Revival Meetings will be March 22-31 ; with Bro. David 
Skiles the evangelist. The Communion Services will be March 30- 
31 , beginning at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday with Lovefeast at 7:00 P.M. 
Saturday evening, and services Sunday morning and afternoon. 
No evening service on Sunday. 

We welcome all who can to join us in these meetings. 

Sister Marjorie Flory, Cor. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Swallow Falls Congregation welcomes you to join us for 
our spring Revival Meetings with Bro. Paul Hartz sharing God's 
Word with us. The meetings will be held March 22 through March 
31, Lord willing. Come praying, and enjoy a time of fellowship 
together! 

Sister Edith Yoder, Cor. 



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PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation invites you to our revival meetings, 
March 24 through 31 , 2002, Lord willing. 

Bro. Mark Cordrey is to be our evangelist. Evening services 
begin at 7:30 P.M. Saturday, March 30, we plan to have examina- 
tion service at 2:00 P.M. and Lovefeast Service in the eveninq at 
7:00 P.M. 

Your presence and prayers are welcome. 

Sister Margaret Birt, Cor. 
HART, MICHIGAN 

The close of another year has brought many experiences. The 
greatest experience that will be remembered, was September 11, 
2001. Actually, it was comforting to my heart, knowing that God 
could have stopped it all. And because He didn't, I feel in my heart 
that He had a purpose in it all. God is behind the scenes, working 
His perfect will. Let us not lose heart in these last days. 'Be care- 
ful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with 
thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God " Phil 
4:6. 

The Lord willing, the Hart Dunkard Brethren Congregation will 
host District Meeting of the Second District. The date is set for 
April 5-6, 2002. Lovefeast following Saturday evening. All are 

welcome. 

Sister Anna M. Powell, Cor. 
THANK YOU 

Thanks to all our Dear Brothers and Sisters for remembering 
us with your prayers, cards and words of encouragement. 

The Lord has been good to us. I thank Him for bringing me 
through this new adjustment in life. Through it all I feel so much 
closer to Him. I rejoice and it strengthens my faith to feel His pres- 
ence with me. He makes no mistakes and does all things right. 

Someday we look forward to having that new body, peace, joy 
and happiness for ever more. Praise His Holy Name! 

Psalms 28:7, "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart 
trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; 



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and with my song will I praise him.' 1 

Love and Prayers, 
Nelson and Dorcas Myers 

A NOTE TO WRITERS 

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are not true or well balanced, damage can be done not only to our 
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these subjects will make the final article, trustworthy and useful. 
Having done so ; write for the Bible Monitor. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MARCH 2002 

March 3 - Principles for the Married - I Cor. 7:1-24 

1. In view of Paul's writing in II Cor. 6:14, "Be ye not un- 
equally yoked together with unbelievers", why did he write 
here that a believer should continue to live with an unbe- 
lieving spouse? 

2. Explain the phrase, "if the unbelieving depart.. .a brother 
or sister is not under bondage in such cases': 

March 10 - Principles for the Unmarried - 1 Cor. 7:25-40 

1. Explain Paul's statement, "He that is unmarried careth 
for the things that belong to the Lord. ..but he that is mar- 
ried careth for the things that are of the world". 

2. What did Paul mean when he said, "...he that giveth her 
in marriage doeth well , but he that giveth her not in mar- 
riage doeth better'? 

March 17 -To Eat or Not to Eat. That is the Question - 1 Cor. 8:1-13 

1 . How can knowledge puff up someone? 

2. How can our use of liberty in Christ become a stumbling 
block to them that are weak? 



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March 24 - The Seal of Paul's Apostleship - 1 Cor. 9:1-14 

1 . What was the seal of Paul's Apostleship? 

2. Why did Paul not claim all his 'Tights" as an Apostle? 
March 31 - Resurrection Sunday - Mark 16:1-20 

1 . What is the significance of the Resurrection of Jesus on 
the first day of the week? 

2. When Jesus first appeared to the eleven ; for what did 
He upbraid them? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

MARCH 2002 

March 3 - Religion - Micah 6:8 ; James 1:21-27, II John 6-11 

1 . What does the Lord require of us? 

2. How did James define pure religion? 

March 10 - New Cloth - Matt. 9:16. Mark 2:21, Luke 5:36-39 

1. What did Jesus mean when He said, "the new agreeth 
not with the old? 

2. What was the "new" idea that Jesus wanted His hearers 
to understand? 

March 17 - Laborers in Vineyard - Matt. 20:1-16 

1 . Why did those who had labored all day expect to receive 
more than what they had agreed for a day of labor? 

2. Why did this employer pay everyone the same amount? 
What truth was Jesus illustrating by this parable? 

March 24 - Unmerciful Servant - Ps, 41:1-13, Matt. 5:7, 18:23-35 

1 . Why is it so important for us to extend mercy to others? 

2. How has God extended mercy individually to each hu- 
man being? 

March 31 -The Resurrection - Matt. 16:21 , 28:1-7, Mark 9:9 : 16:6- 
10, Luke 24:11-18, John 2:19, 20:18-19 

1. Why should it not have been a surprise to the disciples 
when Jesus arose from the grave? 

2. Why were the disciples in fear of the Jews after the res- 
urrection of Jesus? 



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McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
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Robert Carpenter. Secretary 
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Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
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Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford. CA 95386 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

Paul Stump 

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Milton Cook 

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BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

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Merle Sweitzer 
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Ray Stuber 

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BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers. Chairman 
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Tom St. John. Secretary 
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Rick St. John, Treasurer 
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Martin Marks 
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Phil Franklin 

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RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
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Martin Meyers, Secretary 
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Lloyd Lorenz. Treasurer 
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Hayes Reed. Chairman 
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James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
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Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 1 00 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Marlin Marks 
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Larry Andrews 

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Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
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Phil Franklin. Secretary 
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Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
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Ray R.Reed 
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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXX 



MARCH 2002 



NO. 3 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints'' 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into ail 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WOULD YOU WIN A SOULTO GOD? 

Would you win a soul to God? 
Tell him of a Savior's blood, 
Once for dying sinners spilt, 
To atone for all their guilt. 

Tell him how the streams did glide 
From his hands, his feet, his side; 
How his head with thorns was crowned, 

And his heart in sorrow drowned. 

How he yielded up his breath; 
How he agonized in death; 
How he lives to intercede — 
Christ, our Advocate and Head. 



Tell him of that liberty 
Wherewith Jesus makes us free; 
Sweetly speak of sins forgiven — 
Earnest of the joys of heaven. 

-Wm. Hammond 



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SURPRISE! 

As the women approached the place where Jesus had been 
laid, they were carrying the spices they expected to use to perform 
their last service of respect to His body. They had not had enough 
time on Friday. With sunset fast approaching, they hurriedly had 
done what they could to prepare His body. They carefully noted 
where He had been laid so they could find it on the first day of 
week. 

They were concerned about the huge stone that had been rolled 

in front of the entrance to the tomb. Hopefully, the soldiers, who 
had been posted as guards over the tomb, would be willing to roll 
the stone aside. They went hoping they could complete their ser- 
vice of love. 

What a surprise when they arrived at the tomb. The stone was 
already rolled away. The soldiers were at their positions, but they 
appeared as dead men. They would be able to offer neither help 
nor hindrance to the women. To further confuse them, the body of 
Jesus was gone from the tomb. Only the empty graveclothes were 
left. 

They were not the only ones who were surprised by these dra- 
matic events. When Peter and John came, they raced to the tomb. 
Although John arrived first, Peter went into the empty tomb first. 
What had seemed like idle and incomprehensible words, when Jesus 
spoke of His death, burial and resurrection as He prepared them 

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for this time, now took on a deeper meaning. 

We wonder how these people could be so surprised after Jesus 
had repeatedly spoken to them about what would happen when 
they went up to Jerusalem. This was Peter who had confessed that 
Jesus was the Son of God. This was John who had been the clos- 
est to Jesus at the Supper in the Upper Room when He instituted 
the Lovefeast service. Yet, seemingly, they were unprepared for 
finding the tomb empty. These were His disciples whom He had 
trained for three and a half years. 

As much as we might wonder at the Spiritual denseness of 
those caught by surprise on that first Easter, are we any less dense 
than they were? Would we have been any less surprised than they 
were? Consider with all that we know, which the disciples did not 
know or understand at the time, that still we are often surprised as 
events unfold in our Spiritual lives. 

We are surprised to learn that prayer actually works. We have 
often heard that prayer is powerful but somehow it is relegated to 
the last resort in our life's troubles. It is the last prop as we sink 
under the overwhelming problems that engulf us. Rather than use 
prayer we use our own devices to meet these situations. So many 
times we find that if we had turned to prayer earlier the troubles 
would have been less daunting. 

We are surprised to learn that fellowship is good for us. We are 
used to the modern methods of the world that emphasize compe- 
tition. Each person tries to get ahead using his or her own talents 
and determination. There is a lack of cooperation. There is a spirit 
of vindictiveness as each tries to get ahead of the other. A benefit 
of the Church is the availability of others who can help share our 
burdens. No one has ever been able to do it all by himself. Every- 
one has had to have some kind of help along the way. Sometimes 
pride gets in the way of recognizing the need that we have for that 
helping hand. With Brothers and Sisters to offer support, whether 
it be physical, material or Spiritual, we have a great resource for 
help in time of need. We need to let our pride down so we can 
accept the help that is available. 

We are surprised to learn that God means what He says in His 



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Word. Whether encouragement, commandment or fact, God has 
inspired the writers to put there what He wants us to know. Too 
often we make optional what He considers basic. The danger to- 
day is the disconnect between being a Christian and living a Chris- 
tian life. There is a rightful emphasis placed upon the salvation of 
the lost, but a lack of teaching on the living of a life that honors 
God. A life that is not firmly rooted in the directions of God, can not 
be a life that will produce the fruit that He desires in each of our 
lives. 

We may be surprised to learn that Jesus is coming again. After 
His resurrection, He spent forty days with His disciples preparing 
them for the work before them. After giving them the Great Com- 
mission, He ascended back to His Father in Heaven. He left them 
and us with the promise that He would return. When He returns 
what is He going to find even amongst the faithful? Will He find 
wise or foolish virgins? 

Would you have been surprised that first Easter morning to 
have found the tomb empty? Will you be surprised when He comes 
again? What would be your Spiritual condition, if He were to come 

right now? 

M.C.Cook 



DEATH — BURIAL — AND RESURRECTION 

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized info Jesus 
Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with 
him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from 
the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in 
newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the like- 
ness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrec- 
tion:" Romans 6:3-5. 

The Apostle Paul's description of death, burial and resurrection 
is also in description of our salvation experience. While many will 
think of Easter as a time to share the myth of the Easter bunny with 
children along with all the other activities that go along with it, the 
reality of Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection is often "put 



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on the back burner" or completely ignored. Like Christmas, there 
are some sincere Christians who refuse to recognize this holiday. 
For us the most important thing is to recognize that Christ's death, 
burial and resurrection was for the salvation of mankind. 

The Apostle Paul teaches us that we were baptized into the 
death of Jesus Christ. The Brethren have taken this very literally 
and thus we have forward immersion, rather than the common 
backward immersion. 

The Apostle Paul continues with what almost seems like a rep- 
etition. He says we are buried with Christ by baptism into death. 
When the Brethren instituted baptism for the forgiveness of sins 
they were not saying that water can wash away our sins. They also 
rejected the populartheory of theirtime that baptism, of itself, could 
provide salvation. Believer's baptism included more than merely 
the rejection of infant baptism. First of ali, it recognized that the 
blood of Jesus Christ was what was needed to wash away our sins. 
However, at this time in history even those who baptized infants, as 
some who practice this today also do, acknowledge this fact. The 
difference was the Brethren taught an individual had to believe, or 
literally accept, the fact of Christ's shed blood for their sins. This 
acceptance was symbolized by their baptism. Thus the teaching 
that baptism is the final step in our salvation. To argue if someone 
can be saved without baptism is to enter into the sovereign terri- 
tory of God, in our humble opinion. Likewise, to argue when an 
individual receives the Holy Spirit may be entering into what the 
Bible describes as foolish questions and debates. The Bibie does 
record at least one instance when individuals received the Holy 
Spirit and then were baptized, it occurred to us that baptism may 
well be the time the Bibie speaks of being sealed by the Holy Spirit. 
It may be like when an individual is paying for a property. For 
business purposes they can say that they are the owner. In reality 
this is not true until the final payment is made. 

The Apostle Paul next admonishes us that as Christ was raised 
up from the dead even so should we walk in newness of life. The 
Brethren taught that salvation is a life long experience. They re- 
jected the unconditional eternal security of their day. They also 
taught that an individual's lifestyle proved their salvation experi- 



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ence. It may have been, as it is today, that this led to a false as- 
sumption concerning their separation from the world. The plain 
coat which most of our brethren wear today was not a part of the 
original Brethren attire. They, however, did teach a certain type of 
dress for both brethren and sisters. As styles of the world changed 
the brethren thought it wise to adopt a certain type of coat for dress. 
But we do not believe there was ever a time when dress was con- 
sidered to be their salvation. 

Walking in newness of life goes way beyond how we dress. 
Modesty is an important, and seemingly almost lost, part of the 
Christian's life. How we treat our fellow brothers and sisters is also 
an important part of the new walk. Unfortunately, to speak against 
worldly actions is often misconstrued as being legalists and unlov- 
ing. 

Finally the Apostle Paul says we shall be also in the likeness of 
Christ's resurrection. Praise God, if we are faithful we will one day 
have a glorified body. This is the reality of Easter. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

RESURRECTION DAY?, VICTORY? 

One dismal black night in Jerusalem town, 
Disciples sat weeping, each face wore a frown. 
'Why?" they exclaimed, and "How could this be? 
They've crucified Christ and set robbers free. 
And us : what of us? Where will our shame go? 
Who deserted our Master in His hour of woe." 
"What now? : ' wondered John, as to his knees he fell. 
"For dead is the hope of all Israel!" 
Peter sat weeping, face hidden in shame; 
"And I, I denied that I knew my Lord's name;' 
But as the Apostles sat hooeless, afraid, 



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Not far away 

From the place Jesus lay, 

Great changes were about to be made. 

For there in the sky shone a bright heavenly light; 

Like a fiery comet streaking through the night. 

It wove through the clouds to the old garden tomb. 

And found empty shrouds in the little dark room. 

With angelic power, the stone rolled away, 

And a mighty earthquake, 

Made all Israel shake, 

To herald the new dawning day. 

The angel sat waiting on top of the stone. 

As all of his garments with radiance shone. 

He waited and watched through the fast-fleeting gloom, 

For those who would come to anoint Jesus' tomb. 

And the women did come, — 

What a shock they received, 

When they found the tomb void, 

And He whom they grieved, 

Was risen with glory! Ascended on high! 

Christ was alive - the One they had watched die! 

"Go tell my Disciples," Jesus said unto them, 

"And all those that love me in Jerusalem, 

That now I am risen, from death I am free; 

And i go before you into Galilee. 

Tell them I have conquered death, hell, and the grave. 

I died, and I live, that mankind I might save." 

The disciples were told, 

But wrestled with doubt: 



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For who : from the grave, had e'er let himself out? 
While all stood in wonder 
And believe, no one would, 

Just then came the Master, and in their midst stood. 
He looked on them gently and said, "Have no fear. 
Seethe print of the nails and the mark of the spear; 
And know for yourselves that I really am here. 
Then go tell the message across this great sphere: 
There's freedom, salvation, and life from the dead, 
For those who in faith will step boldly ahead, 
And believe on the Christ, who can save from all sin, 
Who receive the great cleansing and new life within." 

This message they carried the whole world o'er, 

Of peace, and of hope, and of life evermore. 

And when Christians meet on Eternity's shore, 

We'll all stand and praise our magnificent King, 

And with hosts of the righteous well shout and we'll sing: 

"Grave, where is thy victory? Death where thy sting?" 

Brother Joel Kurtenitis 
2322 Midland Trail 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

ONE IS TAKEN, AND THE OTHER LEFT 

Acts 12:1-25 

This is one of the passages that leave our minds spinning. We 
simply cannot understand the mind of God. "O the depth of the 
riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable 
are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!' ! (Romans 1 1 :33). 
James is taken and Peter is miraculously delivered. That is some- 



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thing only God can understand. We can see how God used Peter 
as a significant pillar in the formation of the Church. But we read 
nothing else about James the disciple of Jesus (son of Alphaeus 
and brother of John) in the book of Acts (other than in Acts 1:13, 
where he is listed with the other eleven). I wonder what kind of 
person James was. 

Here in Acts 23, we see that instead of just the Jews persecut- 
ing the new sect of believers in Jesus, now Herod the king takes up 
the cause. This is the beginning of the massive Roman persecu- 
tion of the Christians. 

When King Herod took Peter, I do not suppose there was much 
hope left for him, other than the deliverance which the angel of the 
Lord had performed in Acts 5:19. James was beheaded and Peter 
was next in line. Just look at the number of soldiers who were 
specially commissioned to watch over Peter to be sure he did not 
escape! 

One of the keys to Peter's deliverance is in verse 5. After the 
execution of James, the people of the Church really took Peter's 
imprisonment seriously. They prayed "without ceasing." Whereas 
before, Peter and John were delivered from prison by a miracle; 
but the death of James sobered them up. The details of Peter's 
deliverance are fascinating. Notice Peter's unquestioning obedi- 
ence. (How do you think Peter could sleep that night?) 

The servant girl who answered Peter's knock at the gate could 
not believe it actually was Peter who was knocking in the middle of 
the night! She was overjoyed, and without letting him in, ran and 
told those in Mary's household who were gathered in a prayer 
meeting on behalf of Peter. They thought she had gone nuts. Peter 
continued knocking. They, finally, were faced with reality: God had 
miraculously released Peter! 

After the joyous reunion, Peter discreetly "went into another 
place." He got out of there! Herod was very upset — so much so 
that he had the sixteen soldiers who were in charge of keeping 
Peter put to death. 

The last portion of this passage describes the miserable death 
of Herod. The Herods were ungodly men, and this particular Herod 



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was especially wicked. Note carefully that God does not like it when 
anyone accepts worship and praise that belongs to Him. 

Summary Thought. .We need to be resigned to the will of God, 
whether it be persecution and death, or deliverance! It is in God's 
hands and we need to keep our trust in Him either way. 

Respectfully Submitted 
Brother Robert S.Lehigh 

KENYA KNOTES 

Hello!!!! 

Well, we made it here to the compound this evening around 
6:15. Had a good day of traveling. The cruiser handles nicely, is 
quiet and rides over the bumps a lot different than the old van. 
Praise the Lord!! Ray got the luggage rack on and we were able to 
put all the luggage on top which was nice. 

When we went through security at Harrisburg they went through 
my brief case which gave me the opportunity to witness for the 
Lord as they opened and checked our bibles. We left there about 
twenty minutes late at4;25 and then when we arrived at Detroit at 
6:00 P.M. we had to wait for about ten to fifteen minutes as there 
was another plane in our gate. We were in the new wing that just 
opened on Sunday. We had to walk about a half mile or more to 
the other end of the concourse. When we got there they were 
already boarding and told us to hurry. I checked in and the man 
said that he wanted to check my bags. They went through every- 
thing and checked me. Even had to take my shoes off. We left 
Detroit at 7:30 and got to Amsterdam at 8:50. Had to go half way 
across the airport here also. Justin did not have a boarding pass 
and all the rest of us were seated separately from Detroit and were 
to be seated separately to Nairobi, so we went to see if we could 
get Justin's boarding pass and had to walk back one concourse to 
get it changed. We were able to get together that flight. 

The flight from Detroit was about full and was hot so none of us 
got much sleeo. Also all the overhead space was full and I had to 
set with two things at my feet for a while till I found an empty seat to 



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put it under. When we boarded at Amsterdam the flight attendant 
said that they had forty empty seats. I asked if I could change to 
some empty ones to sleep. Later she came and said that there 
was a row that had three empty seats and that I better move or 
someone else would take it, so I was able to sleep for around three 
hours in all. 

Got in to Nairobi at 8:55 P.M. Justin did not have his visa but 
did have all the paper work filled out before he left home. It did not 
take too long to get through customs. We were met by Ray's and 
Davidson. Boy, was he surprised that Merlin was along. Went to 
the guest house and slept decentiy till around 3:30, then prayed 
and studied for a while. Ray had to take Cherylin to get some 
abscessed teeth pulled early. When he got back we packed up and 
went to the Saritit center and got a few things then headed home 
around 1 1 :00 A.M. Stopped at the place where they have those 
barbecue pits for lunch. Was delicious. Wish that we had stopped 
there when we were all here. Then on to Nakuru and stopped at 
Lamp and Light to check on some things and went to visit Debbie 
and Allen, but Allen was in Nairobi so visited with Debbie a little 
and made a short stop at Eldoret for groceries and then on home, 

SATURDAY 

I slept till about 7:30 this morning. Got around and went out- 
side and was told that Florence wanted to talk to me so went over 
there. Hosea came out and grabbed me from behind and we talked 
awhile. Headed over to the house and here was Phenol and Francis. 
Then Patrick, Paul and others were here throughout the day. Sure 
was good to see the people again. Didn't realize how much I missed 
them. 

We had a board meeting that started at 1 1:00 A.M. and lasted 
till 3:30 P.M. Had some good discussions and agendas with them. 
We quit early so the brethren could get home for services tomor- 
row, Walked up to the house. It will really set in there neat when if 
is all finished. It is ready to be leveled out and pour the slab for the 
floor then we will be ready to lay brick. Visited with Ray and when 
Cheryl called for supper the electric went off and has been off since 
so the generator is running. Welcome to Kenya!! 

Tomorrow we are going to Kaptalomua for services. It looks 



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like there will be ten weddings to do so I may need a vacation when 
I get back home. 

SUNDAY 

Gilbert, Paul and his two children went with us to Kaptalomwa 
for services. We got there early so had sometime to visit. Services 
went well. Brother Gilbert had a short opening then I had the mes- 
sage. Have felt the Lord's direction to give a lesson on tearing 
down strong holds and capturing our thoughts from II Corinthians 
10:1-6. After services we had a meal of lamb and broth, rice and 
boiled potatoes with tea and bread. Was good to have a Kenya 
prepared meal again. Needed to discuss a few things with a few 
members and left around 3:00 P.M. Got home a little after 4:30 and 
sat in on the evening service. Brother Caleb taught on Christ not 
answering before the Sanhedran and asked if we can remain quiet 
when having bitter words thrown in our face. I had to say hello to 
those who were here. It was raining so not too many were here. 
We had heavy rain in Kaptalomwa and most of the way home. It is 
still raining, I think. Ray is glad as he wants to start leveling out the 
house pad and it has been so dry that the ground does not pack 
very well, but will work better tomorrow. 

MONDAY 

Was kept busy today with doing service to the vehicles. Changed 
oil and greased the cruiser, van and cycle. The cruiser took more 
oil than was here so I finished up all the others and then took the 
cycle to Kitali for oil and got some money exchanged. The back tire 
was a little low so I pumped it up and thought I would fix it when I 
got back. Got to Kitali and was on the way back, about two kilome- 
ters before Kessigon when I heard a pop and you know what hap- 
pened. I was able to get off on the right side of the road and I 
thought now what since I did not have a cell phone to call Ray. 
There is not even a pay phone for how long! Two guys came walk- 
ing and said that there was a place to get it fixed about a half kilo- 
meter ahead so I walked and put the cycle in first gear and got to 
the fundi. Here there were two holes in it but got them fixed in 
about forty-five minutes. When he was putting the tire back on we 
saw that on the side bead of the tire the wire was sticking out. He 
asked what I was going to do. I said I will try to get to Makutano. I 



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left and was going up the hill towards Martiguit where Alfred lives 
and it popped again. I decided that since the tire was bad that I 
would just ride it out but could only go 25 kilometers per hour, but I 
got home. Praise the Lord. 

Cheryl had scrambled eggs for breakfast, Pizza for lunch and 
cooked cabbage and sausage for supper with fresh pineapple. How 
DELICIOUS UM UM!!!!! After supper visited a while and here comes 
Peter and Rebecca to the back door. They had some questions 
about their wedding so we talked about that some. They wanted to 
know who is going to make the cake? Their date is the 16th along 
with Caleb and Phinice. 

Tomorrow we are going up to Chepcornishwa to set some posts 
for the church as we took down the shed that they used to dry the 
brick and Ray needs to get more wood to make doors for the house. 
The church is meeting under the trees now and we are going to try 
and get the roof on so they have at least some shelter to worship 
in. It rained again this evening but was beautiful. 

TUESDAY 

We had a good day today. Ray got his men started on the 
house and then we went to the phone company to complain about 
the phone not working. They had not recorded two payments but 
Ray had his receipts. Left there and went to Chepcornishwa to 
start on their church. Were they ever surprised. They did not know 
that we were coming. Francis could have danced a jig, I think. Ray 
helped to lay out the church. Then he, Davidson and two other 
men left, as he needed to get more wood. He left about 10:45 or 
so and did not get back till 5:00 P.M. Needless to say he did not 
anticipate going twenty-seven kilometers. It took him an hour and 
fifteen minutes going and an hour and thirty minutes coming back. 
They also had to carry the wood up the hill a ways, Justin, Merlin 
and I got sixteen posts set. It has been dry and was very hard. We 
had to put water in some of the holes to loosen up the dirt to dig 
and get it out of the hole. We finished a little before 5 and Louise 
had supper made for us. Ray pulled in when we were about to sit 
down to eat. We did not get home till about 7:00 and Cheryl had 
supper waiting. Leg of lamb with carrots and potatoes, noodles 
and string beans with orange flavored tapioca and an upside down 



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pineapple cake : but I could not eat much. 

After supper I was going to get my shower early, but here Henry 
came and wanted to taik about his wedding so we called Paul and 
Milika to talk to both at the same time. They had little Cindy with 
them and she is even more of a doll than Miriam. Now it is 11:15 
and I still need a shower so I guess that I will get going 

HELLO! 

It hardly seems possible that I have been in Kenya for a week 
already. Only four and a half weeks left to go and a lot of work to be 
done till then. Hope that I can accomplish most of it. It is good to 
be able to do some work while I am here. 

Today I stayed here and worked with the men on back filling 
the house. About half is completely leveled and ready for the sep- 
tic plumbing which we are putting under the concrete. We hope to 
get started on the concrete next week, Lord willing. 

Ray, Justin, Gilbert and Merlin went to Chepcornishwa to con- 
tinue with the church there. The people there need to paint the 
lumber with used oil then they are ready for the iron sheets. We do 
not have all the posts in yet but they will at ieast be able to get out 
of the sun when the roof is on. 

I will be quite busy this week end. Saturday we have Paul's and 
Henry's weddings. Sunday I am to preach here at Makutano and 
then we have Moses's wedding in the afternoon, so pray for me. I 
need to develop a new message for the weddings yet. I have most 
of the thoughts running in my mind. I just need to jot some notes 
and scripture references down before then. 

Brother Merle Sweitzer 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

AGEMWITHOUTPRICE 

I Peter 3:3-4 

"Mother," asked Rosemary, as she dropped her school books 
on the kitchen table. "Why do Christians dress plain?" 

Mother after peeping at the cheese and macaroni casserole in 



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the oven, which she had prepared for supper turned to smile at 
Rosemary. Her face became grave as she noticed tears on her 
daughter's face. 

"What is the matter? Have you and your school friends been 

quarreling?" 

"Darla is just as good a friend as ever, but I'm so tired of Helen's 
sneering remarks. She is so quick to make fun of someone if they 
are dressed different than the other girls in our class." 

"Has she been making fun of your plain dress?" 

"Yes, she said my dresses are way too long and simply made. 
She says it makes me look old-fashioned. She said I would be so 
much prettier if I would wear make-up, have my hair cut, and wear 
shorts and slacks like the other girls. She said if I would dress in 
modern clothes I could be among the most popular girls in my class!" 

"Is Helen so popular in your class?" asked Mother. 

"No, I don't think so. She complains too much and is afraid to 
play games outside at recess for fear she will spoil her clothes." 

"What a shame! She misses a lot of good times doesn't she? 
Can you tell me why you are fond of your friend, Darla?" 

"Well, I'm always glad to be with her. She is so kind and thought- 
ful. She never makes fun of others and thinks of interesting things 
to tell and do!" 

"I notice you didn't mention the fact that she wore attractive 
clothes or that her dress was so pretty that you enjoyed walking 
home with her. 1 ' 

"Why Mother, you know that I enjoy being with her because I 
love her and she is so nice to be with! It doesn't matter to me 
whether her dress is attractive or not!" 

"That is exactly right," said Mother. "Pleasing characteristics 
are what we enjoy most about our friends. That is the reason that 
your father and I want you to grow up having a true Christian char- 
acter which is so precious in God's sight." 

"Plain and modest dressing is one of these priceless virtues. 
You know our church teaches plain and simple dressing. This is a 



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Bible principle and teaching of the New Testament, The Apostle 
Paul wrote to his beloved spiritual son, Timothy : years ago and told 
him how women who desire to please the Lord should dress mod- 
estly. In other words their dress will cover their body in a way not to 
draw attention to it. A Christian woman doesn't want to draw atten- 
tion to herself in any way. She will not wear bright, gaudy colors, 
fancy hairdo's or gold and silver ornaments, such as rings, brace- 
lets, necklaces and ear rings." 

'Satan puts the desire in a woman to expose as much of her 
body as is possible. He wants her to wear stylish garments and 
bedeck herself with jewelry so she will draw the attention of others. 
This causes her to be proud and sinful. Her immodest dressing 
can cause others to entertain sinful thoughts that will lead to sinful 
acts." 

"But a Christian woman will possess a meek and quiet spirit 
within and desire to spend her time in doing good works. She knows 
that her earthly body will some day perish, but the true ornaments 
of the spirit will live on throughout eternity." 

"People who are not Christians spend much time and expense 
on dress. They are constantly concerned for fear that their ward- 
robe is out-dated and no longer in style, so they must discard the 
old and buy new. But a Christian who dresses modestly and keeps 
the standards and guidelines of the Church, does not have this 
worry. A Christian dresses to please the Lord and does not care 
what worldly people say No person whose heart is filled with the 
spirit of Christ, will complain about the Church's standard of plain 
dress. Loyalty to Bible principles is a gem of great beauty, whose 
value is without price!" 

"I wish Helen could have heard this talk, Mother!" 

"Keep on being friendly to her and invite herto come to Church 
some Sunday. Her values of life are mixed up because she has not 
had the right training at home." 

"I'm so glad that I have a Christian mother to teach me these 
Bible principles!" said Rosemary as she threw her arms around her 
Mother's neck. 

Sister Maxine Surbey 



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I 



"HOW CAN I BE SAVED?" 

Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures; I Cor. 1 5:3. 
How can that be? The soul that sinneth must die. Eze. 18:20. lam 
the soul that sinneth I must die.! "For the wages of sin is death;. .. ,! 
Rom. 6:23. 

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I Tim. 1:15. 
How can anyone save me? The law could not save me because I 
was too weak to keep the law. Rom. 8:3. For the law is Spiritual but 
I am carnal, sold under sin. Rom. 7:14. 

Jesus had the power to forgive sins. That was like taking an 
aspirin for a terminal disease, it makes me feel good for a while but 
it does not last, because I am a sinful man of the Adam's family. 
Luke 5:8. I Cor. 15:2. I must die and be born again into the family 
of God to be saved. John 3:3. 

God wants me to have complete victory over sin, therefore He 
sent His only Son to fulfill the Law and die on the cross; He was 
able to arise again because He had no sin. How could that help 

me? 

Only our God could come up with so great salvation. He wants 
sinners like me to repent and join His body to become partakers of 
His death for the remission of our sins, Romans 6:3, and His resur- 
rection to be alive unto God. Romans 6:1 1 . 

Praise God! This is the new birth into the family of God! Only 
one more problem. How can I join His body? What a wonderful 
Saviour is Jesus my Lord.! He promised to make that atonement 
for me if I believe and am baptized, calling on the name of the Lord. 
Acts 22:16. Mark 16:16. 

By one Spirit are we all baptized into one body. I Cor. 12:13. 
' : For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made ative. ,! I 
Cor. 15:22. 

The Church of Christ is the kingdom of God, the body of Christ, 
the family of God on earth. It is God's final plan to save His people. 
Jesus said, "...upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of 
hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys to 
the kingdom of heaven :... ,! Matt. 16:18-19. 



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This is the "...mystery which hath been hid from ages and from 
generations, but now is made manifest to His saints: To whom God 
would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery 
among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom 
we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wis- 
dom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus;" Col. 
1:26-28. 

Tor as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have 
put on Christ." Gal. 3:27 

"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hid- 
den wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, 
they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." I Cor. 2:7-8. 

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in 
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Ro- 
mans 8:1. 

"For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When 
Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with 
him in glory." Col. 3:3-4. 

Jesus said, : ' I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth 
in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever 
liveth and believeth in me shall never die..." John 11:25-26. 

"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace 
may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live 
any longer therein? Romans 6:1-2. 

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus 
Christ were baptized into his death?" Romans 6:3. "For he that is 
dead is freed from sin." Romans 6:7. 

We are not only dead to the law of sin and death, we are born 
again into the kingdom of God. Crucified, sanctified, Holy, com- 
plete, and acceptable to God. 

We are in Christ who is the end of the law for righteousness to 
every one that believeth. Romans 10:4. Therefore a man is justi- 
fied by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:28. 

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made 



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us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." 
Gal. 5:1. "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you 
are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace:' Gal. 5:4. 

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not 
liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another." 

Gal. 5:13. 

'Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the 
world, why as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordi- 
nances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish 
with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?" 
Col. 2:20-22. 

'But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the com- 
mandments of men." Matt 15:9. 

We are not to give heed to commandments of men, that turn 
from the truth. Titus 1:14. 

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after 
me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.' 1 
Matt. 1 6:24. Self denial means, let go and let God. Taking up the 
cross means, being baptized into Christ, into His death for the re- 
mission of our sins. Romans 6:3. 

Let us put our trust in Him who is able to keep us from falling, 
and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with 
exceeding joy. Jude 1 :24. Let us not forget, if the Son therefore 
shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36. 

"...Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose 
sins are covered." Romans 4:7. We may have faults, our works 
that will be burned. We may suffer loss, but, Praise God, we will be 
saved, so as by fire. I Cor. 3:15. 

I have a choice, try to make it on my own, under the old law 
which condemns me or deny myself and be baptized into Christ 
who came to fulfill the law for me. 

Someone has said, baptism alone will not save you. If putting 
on Christ alone cannot save me, Gal. 3:27, whom can I get to help? 

"...I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is 



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able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that 
day; II Tim. 1:12. 

A brother in Christ, 
Brother Isaac Stoll 
816FarberDr. 
Archbold, OH 43502 

LET A MAN EXAMINE HIMSELF 

I Corinthians 1 1 :28, "But let a man examine himself..." 

One of the most exacting occupations in the world is that of the 
medical examiner. His job is to find the cause of death of the body 
lying before him. Often he has to dissect entire organs, painstak- 
ingly studying every square millimeter. Sometimes, if foul play is 
suspected, he has to check out all the skin area, looking for injuries 
or needle sites. Sometimes it takes weeks to find what he is look- 
ing for and sometimes he never finds what he is looking for. 

We could take a lesson from the medical examiner. We are 
told in God's Word to examine ourselves. II Timothy 2:15 says, 
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth 
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." We must be 
thorough. We must be exacting. We must study carefully our own 
lives and our own actions. 

The occasion of the Lovefeast is used so that we can gather 
around the Lord's Table with a clear conscience, or as the scripture 
says in Acts 24:16, '...a conscience void of offense toward God, 
and toward men." If we have sinned against someone we can, as 
in James 5:16, 'Confess your faults one to another,. ..that ye may 
be healed..." 

It is important that we examine ourselves. I Corinthians 1 1 :29 
says, "For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh 
damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body." Verse 31 
says, "For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." 
Examine yourself under the light of God's Word. 

Years ago we would go to the Baltimore Jail for a worship ser- 
vice. Before we went in, the attendant would stamp our hand with 



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a special stamp. We coufd not see the imprint until it was passed 
under an ultraviolet lamp. Often we cannot see our own imperfec- 
tions until we pass under the light of God's Word. Examine yourself 
now or fall under the judgment of God later. 

God wants you to sit around the communion tables. "But let a 
man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of 
that cup." I Corinthians tells us to eat and drink after we have made 
the examination. We are not to abstain from the table, but make 
our paths straight and then go to the table. In the Sermon on the 
Mount, Jesus said, "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and 
there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave 
there thy gift before the aftar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to 
thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." Matthew 5:23-24. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

"25 SPIRITUAL CHECK POINTS" 

1 . When prayer ceases to be a vital part of a professing Christian's 

life. 

2. When the quest for biblical truth ceases and one grows content 
with the knowledge of eternal things already acquired. 

3. When biblical knowledge possessed or acquired is treated as 
external fact and not applied inwardly. 

4. When earnest thoughts about eternal things ceases to be regu- 
lar and gripping. 

5. When services of the church lose their delights. 

6. When pointed spiritual discussions are an embarrassment. 

7. When sports, recreation and entertainment are a large and 
necessary part of your lifestyle. 

8. When sins of the body and of the mind can be indulged without 
an uproar in your conscience. 

9. When aspirations for Christ-like holiness cease to be dominant 



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in your life and thinking 

10. When the acquisition of money and goods becomes a domi- 
nant part of your thinking. 

1 1 . When you can mouth religious songs and words without heart. 

12. When you can hear the Lord's name used in vain, spiritual con- 
cerns mocked, and eternal issues flippantly treated and not be 
moved to indignation and action. 

13. When you can watch degrading movies and television and read 
morally debilitating literature. 

14. When breaches of peace in the brotherhood are of no concern 
to you. 

15. When the slightest excuse seems sufficient to keep you from 
spiritual duty and opportunity. 

16. When you become content with your lack of spiritual power 
and no longer seek repeated endowments of power from on 
high. 

17. When you pardon your own sin and sloth by saying the Lord 
understands and remembers that we are dust. 

18. When there is no music in your soul and no song in your heart. 

19. When you adjust happily to the world's lifestyle. 

20. When injustice and human misery exist around you, and you 
do little or nothing to relieve the suffering. 

21. When your church has fallen into spiritual declension and the 
Word of God is no longer preached there with power, and you 
are still content. 

22. When the spiritual condition of the world declines around you 
and you cannot perceive it. 

23. When you are willing to cheat your employer. 

24. When you find yourself rich in grace and mercy and marvel at 

your own godlikeness. 

25. When your tears are dried up and the hard, cold spiritual facts 
of your existence cannot unleash them. 

Selected by Lee Roy Uplinger 



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OBITUARIES 

NEWTON JAMISON 

Bro. Newton Thomas Jamison, son of Owen Thomas and 
Malissa (Flory) Jamison was born August 8 : 1910, and grew up on 
the family farm southeast of Quinter, Kansas. He attended the 
Quinter schools, graduating in 1929. He was baptized into the 
Church of the Brethren as a young man and later transferred his 
membership to the Quinter Dunkard Brethren Church. 

He was married to Elma Beck at Wauseon, Ohio, on June 18, 
1930. They started farming north of Quinter during the depression 
and dirt storm years. Tom and Marian were born during this time. 

The family moved to Dallas Center, Iowa for several years, then 
to Denver, Colorado, in 1937. Newton found employment with the 
Groswald Ski Company where he worked until 1943. Two more 
sons. Richard and Ronald, were born during this period of time. 

The family moved back to Quinter where Newton was employed 
as manager of the Co-op Elevator and Hardware. In 1944 he pur- 
chased the Quinter Appliance Store from Ed Behrens, where he 
remained until his retirement. A daughter, Dyann : was born in 1951. 

Newton was instrumental in the founding of Torreon Navajo 
Mission near Cuba, New Mexico, and enjoyed going there to help 
with the many building projects. In 1 969 he built a mountain cabin 
at White Pine, Colorado, where he and Elma spent many enjoyable 
hours with family and friends. 

His wife was called Home July 22, 1 993. Newton entered the 
Gove County Medical Center Long Term Care Facility at Quinter in 
1998, and resided there until his death on December 16, 2001. 

His family that remains are sons, Tom and wife, Dorothy, of 
Hoxie. Kansas, Marian and wife, Shirley, of Quinter, Kansas, Rich- 
ard of Regina, New Mexico ; Ronald of Abiguiu, New Mexico, and 
daughter Dyann and husband, Clair Armstrong, of Wauseon, Ohio; 
brothers Herman and wife, Reva, of Quinter, Kansas, Dale and 
wife Doris, of Quinter, Kansas, sister Dola Attebery of Camarillo, 
California, sister-in-law Moyne Jamison of Phoenix, Arizona; eleven 
grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. 



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His family and friends will remember and miss him. 

Memorial services were held on Wednesday, December 19 
2001 , at the Dunkard Brethren Church, Quinter, Kansas Services 
were conducted by Brethren Dale Jamison, Herman Jamison Len 
Wertz and Gordon Jamison. 

Interment in the Quinter Cemetery. 

God saw you getting tired 

and a cure was not to be, 

so He put His arms around you, 

and whispered, Come to Me." 

With tearful eyes we 

watched you, 

and saw you pass away, 

and though we loved you dearly, 

we could not make you stay. 

A golden heart stopped beating, 

hard working hands at rest. 

God broke our hearts to prove 

He only takes the best. 

The prayers, cards and memorials were appreciated by the 
family during this time. 

The Family 

CLAUDE L.FLORY 

Bro. Claude L. Flory, 83, of Pioneer died Saturday, February 2, 
2002, at home after an extended illness. 

He was born July 19, 1918, at home near Jewell, Ohio to Agnes 
(Schock) and Henry Flory. He married MelbaTate, July 19, 1942: 
and in July of this year they would have been married 60 years. 

As a teenager he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and 
was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church 
where he served as deacon since 1951. 

He worked for Yoder and Frey, Inc. for several years. In 1954 
he started Flory 's Trenching and Excavating, which he operated for 



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forty-one years. 

To the union of Claude and Melba was born one son and two 
daughters; Marvin and wife Urania from Dallas Center, Iowa; Claudia 
Meyers and husband John from Moselle, Mississippi; and Delores 
Shoup of Pioneer, Ohio. 

A bright spot in his life were his beloved grandchildren; Donna 

Wagner and husband Dan of Dallas Center, Iowa; Susan Flory of 
Ft. Valley, Georgia; Ruth Flory of Dallas Center, Iowa ; John Flory of 
Dallas Center, Iowa; Jared Meyers and wife Jedda of Laurel, Mis- 
sissippi; Rachel Meyers of Moselle, Mississippi, and Adam Meyers 
of Moselle, Mississippi; and three great grandchildren, Amanda, 
Danny and Elizabeth Wagner who knew their great grandpa as 
Popsiedoodle. 

He was also survived by his beloved brother Harley Flory and 
wife Marjorie of Defiance and also many nieces and nephews. 

Preceding him in death were his parents, his loving step-mother, 

Abbie (Rupp) Flory, and granddaughter, Roxanne Flory. 

His Journey 

The road that leads up upward 

He traveled many years. 

The path was filled with sunshine, 

Some laughter and some tears. 



A faithful, loving servant 
He was steadfast, strong, and true, 
And always wore a happy smile 
To share with all he knew. 

His life was filled with love 

For the family that he had 

They called him sweetheart, daddy, 

Grandpa, and even great-granddad. 

He reached his destination 



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Heaven's gates have opened wide. 
The Savior that he loved so dear 
Has beckoned him inside. 

Now singing with the saints up there 
And walking streets of gold 
The pain is gone, his heart is free, 
And his body's been made whole. 

-Sister Martha Heer 

Services were held Februarys, 2002, at 10:00 A.M. in the Pleas- 
ant Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church with Elders Dennis St. John 
and Tom St. John officiating. Burial was in the Poplar Ridge Cem- 
etery near Jewell, Ohio. 

It is easy to say "thank you M but difficult to express the many 
special thoughts behind our thanks to each of you who remem- 
bered us with your caring deeds and expressions of love and prayers 
during Claude's illnesses and at this time of sorrow. He was so 
patient it was a blessing to care for him. 

The Family of Claude Flory 

Melba Flory 

Marvin and Urania Flory and family 

John and Claudia Meyers and family 

Delores Shoup 

MILDRED COOK 

Mildred Donna Cook was born August 29, 1919, in Northwest 
Township, Williams County, Ohio. She was the only child of Fred 
and Grace (Ferguson) Ansley. She attended the local schools and 
graduated from Edon High School in 1940. 

She died in Tucson, Arizona on February 1 5, 2002. 

She married Arlo Ernest Cook on November 1 6, 1 940, and he 
survives. They were married by Elder D. P. Koch at his home in 
Jefferson Township, Williams County, Ohio. They farmed in North- 
west Township, Williams County, Ohio until 1959, when they moved 






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to Tucson, Arizona for a more healthful climate. In Tucson, she 
worked as a clerk at the downtown McLellan's variety store for 

twenty-five years. 

She is survived also by two sons, Bro. Milton (Marilyn) Cook of 
Beaumont, California and Richard of Tucson, Arizona. Also surviv- 
ing are five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her father in 1 937 and her mother 
in 1993, also by an infant son, Billy, in 1941 and two infant grand- 
daughters. 

While her life was not spectacular, it was a lifetime of steady 
help to her husband, children and grandchildren. 

Graveside services were conducted by Elder Milton Cook : Feb- 
ruary 19, 2002, in the Evergreen cemetery Tucson under the di- 
rection of the Arizona Mortuary- University Chapel. 

The family of Mildred Cook wishes to thank all who have held 
her up in prayer and friendship during her declining years. Her 
family thanks all for your prayers, notes of sympathy and other 
tokens of your care since her passing. 

NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGES 

Please add to the Ministerial List: 

Dale Aungst (M), 566 Beegle Road, Clearville,PA 15535. 
Telephone #814-784-3600 

Please change the addresses of the following Brethren in the 
Ministerial List: 

David Aungst (M) 334 Birds Hill Road, Pine Grove, PA 17963 

Jeff Aungst (M) 3425 Sweet Arrow Lake Road, Pine Grove, PA 
17963 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Home Congregation plans to hold 
the Fourth District Meeting and Spring Lovefeast, March 29 through 
31. Communion starts at 6:00 P.M. Saturday evening. We wel- 



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come your presence and prayers. 

Sister Carol Walker, Cor. 
LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 
The Ljtflz. Pennsylvania Congregation plans a revival meetinq 
March 31 through April 7, 2002, with Bro. Wayne Burgess as the 
evangelist. We invite your presence and prayers. 

Sister Arlene Birt, Cor. 
GUINTER, KANSAS 
The Lord willing the Quinter Congregation plans to host the 
annual District Meeting for the Third District. A service is beinq 
planned for Friday April 1 2 commencing at 7:30 P M District Meet- 
ing proper will begin at 9;00 A.M. Saturday April 13. We plan to 
close the day with communion services. Sunday morning April 14 
will be our regular Sunday School and Church service beginning at 
10:00 A.M. with dinner to follow. We invite all who can to join us for 
worship and fellowship. 

Sister Ruth Clark, Cor. 
BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 
Bethei is planning their spring revival April 14 through 21 Lord 
willing. Bro Jeremiah Johnson from Hart, Michigan plans to be the 
evangelist Pray and come worship with us. 

Sister Fern Wolfe, Cor. 
WEST FULTON, OHIO 
The Lord willing the West Fulton Congregation is looking for- 
ward to their Lovefeast weekend, April 19. 20, and 21 Bro David 
Rice is to be the speaker. Services Friday evening at 7:30 and on 
Saturday starting at 2:00. All are cordially invited to come to any or 
all of these services. Please remember them in your prayers. 

Sister DianneHeisey 
CLEARVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA 
We, the Clearville Congregation, on February 3. 2002 installed 
a Brother into the ministry, Bro. Dale S. Aungst. We also added four 
new members to our congregation on December 9 2001 They 



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are David, Leah, Daryl, and Dana Mallow 

Please pray for our new minister as he works in the service of 
the Lord, and for our church as we grow. 

In Christian love, 

Sister Benita Bollman, Cor. 

THANKYOU 

I want to send my heartfelt thanks to each one that sent me 
cards and gifts for my 95th birthday and the pages for my calendar. 
I really appreciated and enjoyed each one and I will enjoy each 
page of the calendar day by day 

May the Lord bless each one and keep us all faithful to the end. 

Sister Delia Ebling 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR APRIL 2002 

April 7 - A Servant to All - 1 Cor. 9:15-27 

1. What does a minister have to glory in if he is a willing 
participant? 

2. How do we bring our body under subjection? 

April 14 -Spiritual Experiences No Guarantee Against Temptation - 
I Cor. 10:1-13 

1 . Explain how they were baptized unto Moses in the cloud 
and in the sea. 

2. In what ways has God made a way of escape for you in 
the face of temptation. 

April 21 - Flee from Idolatry but Partake with Thanks - 1 Cor. 10:14- 
33 

1. What kind of things would represent modern day idola- 
try? 

2. Why should I concern myself with the conscience of an- 
other? 



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April 28- Headship and the Headship Covering - 1 Cor. 11:1-16 

1 . In what way does the order of headship affect the rela- 
tionship of a man and a woman? 

2. Is the covering primarily a prayer veil, or a headship cov- 
ering? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

APRIL 2002 

April 7 - The Wise Steward - Matt. 24:42-51 , Luke 1 235-48 Matt 
25:21 I Cor. 4:2-5 

1 . Explain the paradox of salvation by faith vs. salvation by 
doing the Lord's will. 

2. Who is going to judge our stewardship? 

April 14 - Offenses - Matt 18:1-17, Luke 17:1-5, Rom. 16:17-19 

1 . What is it in the nature of a child that we all must learn? 

2. Have you ever noticed how easily we can be deceived by 
one who causes divisions and is seeking a following? 

April 21 -Sin -Gen. 4:6-17, Isa. 53:5-6, Matt. 12:31-33 Luke 11 -39- 

42 12:45-47, Rom. 6:1-23 

1 . Do you know how far sin will take you : or how entangled 

you can get? 

2, Is it possible to clean up the inside and still continue in 
sin on the outside? 

April 28 -The Wicked Husbandman - Matt. 21:33-41, Mark 121-9 
Luke 20:9-16 

1 . How is husbandry distinctly different from just farming? 

2. Who is the husbandman and who is the son? 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 31057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2270 Co. Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Martin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 

1 0340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood. OH 45322 

Ronald Marks, Secretary 
1813 N. 136th Avenue 
Hart, Ml 49420 



Fred O. Pifer, Treasurer 
1 734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold, OH 43502 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Phil Franklin 

1520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95350 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
1 2409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers. Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

Lloyd Lorenz, Treasurer 
3949 S 100 E 
Peru,!N 44970 
(576) 473-5045 

Gordon Jamison 
R 1 Box 136 
Quinter, KS 67752 
(785) 754-3639 



Paul Nell 

7298 Woodland Drive 
Spring Grove, PA 173S2 
(717) 225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba. NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison. Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Rayrnore. MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Phil Franklin, Secretary 
1520 Brannon Ave. 
Modesto, CA 95350 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Ray R.Reed 
302Percival 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXX 



APRIL 2002 



NO. 4 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



JESUS! THE VERY THOUGHT IS SWEET 

Jesus! the very tho't is sweet : 
In that dear name all heart-joys meet; 
But sweeter than the honey far 
The glimpses of his presence are. 

No word is sung more sweet than this, 
No name is heard more full of bliss; 
No tho't brings sweeter comfort nigh, 
Than Jesus, Son of God, most high. 

Jesus, the hope of souls forlorn! 
How good to them for sin that mourn; 
To them that seek thee, how kind! 
But what art thou to them that find? 



No tongue of mortal can express, 
No letters write its blessedness; 
Alone, who hath thee in his heart 
Knows, love of Jesus, what thou art. 
-B. Barton 



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THE BRIDE 

It is said that in the spring a young man ! s fancy turns to love. It 
seems that young women, as well, have a soft spot for love. These 
springtime flurries often lead to a more serious relationship later. 
As the two become better acquainted and feel the direction of the 
Holy Spirit towards a lifetime union, a wedding date is set. Their 
special day comes when their lifelong commitments are made. 

These two become one following the pattern provided in the 
Garden of Eden, where marriage was instituted. Physically, emo- 
tionally and Spiritually two become one body. Each retains his or 
her own physical characteristics and talents, yet each submerges 
his or her will and wants for the good of both. What affects each 
one affects both. If either is suffering a hurt, it affects the other 
partner. 

While the two people making up the marriage continue to be 
the people they were before, their new relationship creates a new 
body. That body not only can now engage in intimate physical ac- 
tivities that would have been immoral before the beginning of this 
relationship, but there is also an intimate emotional relationship 
The emotional aches and pains of life can be shared. In 
Ecclesiastes, Solomon comments on the extra strength that each 
gains from the presence of the other. 

This relationship has been established by God. It was the first 

institution established in the Garden of Eden. Adam understood 

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that God had brought forth the woman from his body that she might 
be a part of him, but not his servant nor his superior. She was 
formed from the rib near to Adarrvs heart. God realized that no 
other animal could be the partner of Adam. So He made the one, 
who was Adam's special partner. They were commissioned to 
multiply and populate the new earth. 

God used this relationship not only to provide companionship 
for Adam and to populate the world, but He uses that relationship 
to mirror the relationship between Christ and the Church. The 
Church is constantly referred to in the Bible as the Bride of Christ 
and also as the Body of Christ. 

A man's wife is always his bride, as the Church is Christ's Bride. 
She has been espoused to Him. There is a promise of a future 
relationship. If she is prepared for His coming, she will be with Him 
for eternity The time between His ascension and His return are 
the time of preparation for the bride. Will she be ready when He 
returns? 

He is expecting a Bride without spot or blemish. The spots and 
blemishes of this life are the sins that so easily besmudge the one 
who lives in an evil and tempting world. The enemy of the Bride is 
ever working openly as well as subtlety, to entice the Bride to be 
unfaithful. There are many programs and activities that appeal to 
the natural man that may enter the Church and become a spot or 
blemish upon her character. These activities may be popular and 
even seem to be harmless but they often can have an unexpected 
effect. They can break down bars for other activities that are not 
good for those participating. As the bride must be careful in her 
activities, so she will be the chaste bride that her husband expects, 
so the Church must be careful in her choices so she will be pre- 
pared when the Groom returns for her. It would be a tragedy to 
expect an eternal relationship, but find it had been squandered by 
a few unguarded activities. 

The five foolish virgins were expecting a great occasion when 
the Groom returned, but they were disappointed because they had 
not been vigilant in their preparation. He came but they were not 
ready. Their oil had run out. The wise virgins, also, were asleep but 



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they had prepared earlier. They could sleep the peaceful sleep of 
those who were prepared. Their sleep was not that of the foolish 
virgins, who slept the sleep of indolence. This serves as a warning 
to the Church today as she awaits the Second Conning of her Lord. 
She must be prepared. Her sleep should be peaceful, knowing 
that all is ready 

The Church is the body of Christ, as the wife is the body of her 
husband. This is an intimate relationship. The bodies of the hus- 
band and the wife have been created to supply the need of the 
other. So the Church supplies the Lord's need of a physical body in 
this present world, while the Lord supplies the need of leadership 
and protection for the earthly body. The Lord has sacrificed for the 
well-being of the Church. The Church, in her imperfect way, main- 
tains the Word and direction of the Lord in today's world. 

It is important that the Church maintain her position as the Bride 
and Body of the Lord. May she ever be preparing herself for the 
time of His return. 

M.C.Cook 



PEACE 

"And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect 
of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever." Isaiah 32:17. 

Only through Jesus Christ are we made righteous, and a by- 
product of this righteousness is peace in our hearts. Paul said in li 
Corinthians 5:21, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who 
knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God In 
him." Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto 
you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be 
troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27) We have been la- 
beled a "peace church" due to our relationship with our earthly 
government. We trust that people see us this way. 

One of the greatest blessings of the Bible is found in Numbers, 
chapter 6, verses 24 to 26, where God blesses the dedication of 
the altar. "The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his 
face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up 



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his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." Peace is an 
important aspect of our relationship with God. In Matthew 12:43 
there is a good description of the soul apart from God: "When the 
unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, 
seeking rest, and findeth none;' When we come to God earnestly, 
we find peace. We find rest. Likewise, if He is "gracious unto" us, 
we must be gracious one to another. I Peter 3:8 says, "...be ye all 
of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, 
be pitiful, be courteous." David said in Psalm 86 that the Lord was 
"a God full of compassion." Jesus had compassion for the multi- 
tudes. We need to have compassion for each other and for lost 
humanity. Do we display to the world our love one to another, or do 
we give them a different picture? Paul wrote to the Ephesians (chap- 
ter 4:31-32) about this. "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, 
and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all 
malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving 
one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." 

The basis for our loving, forgiving spirit is Christ's forgiveness 
of us. God gives us peace. The things Paul spoke of in Ephesians 
are serious charges. This was the church, yet these things were 
going on. "Evil speaking" is self-explanatory. Bitterness is a terrible 
charge, yet very common. But Paul says it should be put away. 
Clamour speaks of gossip or people never satisfied and always 
making trouble. Have we forgiven everyone? Are we holding any- 
thing back? If we allow bad feelings to stay inside us and fester, we 
become bitter. We should be "kindly affectioned" toward each other. 
We should endeavor to be peaceful to our brethren and to our 
unsaved neighbors round-about us. Jesus said in the sermon on 
the Mount (Matthew 5:9) "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they 
shall be called the children of God." We must be careful that peace 
is not achieved at the expense of truth. That is one of the reasons 
why the peacemakers are a blessed people. The truth must be 
honored. II Cor. 13:8 says, "For we can do nothing against the 
truth, but for the truth." 

Peacemakers must be giving people. Sometimes they must 
give everything they have. The scripture tells us if we are asked for 
our coat, to give our cloak also. This is not justice, yet there was 



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nothing just about how Jesus was arrested and executed. He did it 
for us. He made peace for us with God. Have we been accused 
falsely? Have we been reviled? Did we fight back in the name of 
justice, or did we do as Jesus did, and answer not again in the 
name of peace? 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown : PA 17073 

THE PRINCIPLE OF NONRESISTANCE 

"Recompense to no man evil for evil." Rom. 12:17 

We get the word "nonresistance" from the instruction of Christ 
to His disciples that they "resist not evil;' So often we think of non- 
resistance as merely refusing to go to war, yet when studying the 
life of Christ, and what He taught His disciples, we must acknowl- 
edge it requires much more. 

In the Sermon on the Mount He discusses a number of sub- 
jects pertaining to the practical side of life, and how we as Chris- 
tians should relate to others. 

'Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a 
tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but 
whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other 
also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy 
coat, let him have thy cloke also:' Matt. 5:38-40. 

Mark Twain, after hearing others complaining that the Bible was 
hard to understand, stated that he was bothered more by the parts 
of the Bible that he could understand than by the parts he could 
not understand. Admittedly the thought of not resisting evil is much 
easier to understand than most care to admit. We prefer rather to 
differentiate between what Jesus commands and our own particu- 
lar situation, yet the undeniable truth is there are no exceptions. 

"...but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek turn to 
him the other also." Does God really expect us to allow others to 
inflict bodily harm and not retaliate? "Know ye not that ye are the 
temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" I Cor 



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3:16. 

We would do well in remembering our Lord and Savior's words 
from the cross. "...Father, forgive them; for they know not what 
they do..." Luke 23:34. Jesus says not a word in His own defense. 
When He prayed to the Father He might have said, judge them for 
the wrong they do to thy beloved Son. But there is no prayer against 
them in the words that Jesus utters. It was written of old, by the 
prophet Isaiah "He made intercession for the transgressors; and 
here it is literally fulfilled. He pleads for His murders, "Father, for- 
give them." 

If the Spirit of God dwells in you, then truly the Spirit would 
prompt us to turn the other cheek. 

"And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy 
coat, let him have thy cloke also." Over the course of life many 
situations arise that may leave us feeling as we have just been 
trampled on and treated unfairly. But the word of God and the Holy 
Spirit command no retaliation. We as Christians can never bring 
willful harm to anyone. 

"...Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to 
them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, 
and persecute you:" Matt. 5:44. 

The following is selected and better describes nonresistance 
better than I ever can. 

Jesus emerges from the garden of Gethsemane after His ago- 
nizing ordeal in prayer, sweaty from the struggle. But the heart 
that was poured out so emotionally is now filled with resolve to 
drink the cup set before Him. No matter how bitter. No matter how 
difficult to swallow. Jesus and his sleepy disciples descend into the 
Kidron valley. Awaiting the Savior on the other side is a towering 
fate that cast a long, dark shadow over the valley. Coming up from 
the valley, Jesus enters an olive grove. He has come there often 
with His disciples. 

This time would be His last. 

In the grove the rheumatoid forms of the trees look as if they 
have grown out of some silent pain deep within the earth. They are 



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old and have seen many injustices. Tonight they would witness the 

worst. 

As He pauses in that shadowy respite, Jesus knows everything 
that is about to happen. He knows where He will be taken prisoner, 
when, and by whom. Yet He does nothing to postpone His appoint- 
ment with destiny. 

His hour has come. 

Through the grove comes the muted clatter of what sounds 
like a mob. Torches bob above the crowd, curling plumes of black 
smoke into the night. As the disciples squint through the gnarled 
silhouettes of the trees, they discover that the mob is comprised of 
military men. 

How ironic. A detachment of soldiers coming for one who could, 
with a whispered prayer, deploy iegions of angels for His defense^ 
How very ironic, coming for the light of the world with torches and 
lanterns. Coming with hand crafted swords for the one who forged 
the stars. 

They come at night, strategically, to minimize the resistance. 
Since Jerusalem is brimming with pilgrims to celebrate the Pass- 
over, there is no way of knowing how many of them are loyal to 
Jesus. If the arrest were to take place during the day, it could 

trigger a revolt. 

The disciples dart their eyes over the grove to look for other 
soldiers, as well as an avenue of escape. Before they realize it, the 
soldiers are upon them. 

Peter's hand clutches the hilt of his recently purchased sword, 
but he makes no move to draw it. Wait, a sword? In the hands of a 
fisherman? What's gotten into Peter? Doesn't he realize Jesus' 
kingdom is not of this world? Doesn't he know his hands should be 

clasped in prayer? Not around the hilt of a sword? 

Jesus steps forward. Courageously. Resolutely. An unarmed 

man squared off against a small army. He is the first to speak. 
"Who is it you want?" 
The reply is crisp as the night air. "Jesus the Nazarene." 



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Without hesitation or a ploy to cloak His identity, Jesus answers, 
"I am He." 

His confession is literally, 1 am" - the same words God used to 
identify Himself when speaking to Moses from the burning bush. 

At the words "I am" the soldiers collapse. In one brief but in- 
credible display of deity, Jesus overpowers His opposition. They 
are thrust to the ground as a wrestler would pin down his oppo- 
nent. But the force is exerted only momentarily. The display is not 
to defeat His enemy but merely to validate His claim. 

Again Jesus asks who are you looking for. Again they reply. 
Again He identifies himself. But this time He includes a plea for His 
disciples: "If you are looking for me then let these men go." 

Judas then steps from the shadows to point out Jesus to his 
captors. And he does so deceitfully with a kiss. "Friend," Jesus 
says to him, "Wherefore art thou come?" 

The servant of the high priest advances to take Jesus into cus- 
tody. As he does, Peter whips out his sword and takes a swing at 
the man. The servant jerks his head out of the way, but the sword 
severs part of his ear. Then Jesus said to him. "Put up again thy 
sword into his place: for all they that take up the sword shall perish 
with the sword." 

Jesus turns His attention to the servant cupping his ear. He 
touches the wound. Immediately it is healed. 

Jesus will not tolerate so much as the loss of an ear in His 
defense. He is insistent - the only blood shed would be His own. 

Luke is the only gospel writer to document the healing. Maybe 
to the others the miracle seemed minuscule in light of the tragedy 
being enacted before them. After all, of what consequence is the 
earlobe of a servant when the Savior of the world's life is at stake? 

It was the last miracle Jesus performed before He died. 

And the smallest. 

Certainly the servant could have lived a full life without part of 
one of his ears. It wouldn't have impaired his hearing. At worst, the 
damage would have been cosmetic. 



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But He who preached "love your enemies" practiced what He 
preached - and practiced it to the end. For the Savior's iast miracle 
was an unrequested act of kindness to an enemy. 

Maybe it wasn't such a small miracle after all. 

In light of the legions of angels at His disposal and in light of 
how the Savior could have used His power, maybe, just maybe, it 
was His greatest. 

In His service, 

Brother Stephen G. Aldinger, Sr. 

DRAFT BILL INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS 

A Prayer Request from the Civilian Service Board 

Recently, a bill has been introduced into the United States Con- 
gress regarding the issue of reinstating the draft. 

Representative Nick Smith from Michigan and Representative 
CurtWeldon from Pennsylvania introduced a bill in the United States 
House of Representatives on December 20, 2001, that would re- 
quire all young men (male citizens and residents) to be inducted 
into the Armed Forces for a period of up to one year. This bill would 
require that every male citizen and resident of the United States 
between the ages of 18 and 22 receive basic military training and 
education as a member of the armed forces unless the citizen or 
person is exempted under the provisions of this Act. Additionally, 
young women may volunteer for enlistment in the armed forces to 
receive basic military training and education. 

The name of this bill is the "Universal Military Training and 
Service Act of 2001", and the number is "H.R.3598." This bill has 
been assigned to the "House Armed Services Committee." 

It should be noted that this bill is not law, nor anywhere close to 
becoming law. Many bills are introduced during each session of 
The House which never see the light of day. There are several 
aspects of this bill that I feel give us cause for prayer and consider- 
ation. 

Unfortunately there are very few exemptions from the provi- 



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sions of this bill. Basically, there is no provision to exempt Consci- 
entious Objectors from basic military training and education in this 
bill. The only provision would be that Conscientious Objectors would 
not have to participate in the combatant training component of the 
basic training. This violates our religious convictions about the 
wearing of the uniform and being a part of a system that is funda- 
mentally organized to kill, maim, and otherwise harm the enemies 
of our nation. 

In my opinion, this bill throws us back to the World War I days 
before the provisions for Conscientious Objectors were hammered 
out by the time World War II came along— insofar as basic training 
is concerned. 

One provision of the bill states that upon completion of the ini- 
tial component of the basic military training and education, the re- 
mainder of a person's obligation could be transferred to "national 
service programs" rather than serving in a branch of the military. 
These service programs would be administered by Federal agen- 
cies, State or political subdivisions of the state, and other entities 
carrying out national service programs. I have some concern as to 
exactly what these provisions would entail. Would our church (or 
other churches and Christian organizations) be able to oversee 
programs for Alternative Service as in the past? 

Frankly speaking, this biil is rather extreme, and for this reason 
it may not go very far (hopefully)!. In my opinion, the military 
branches would have a great deal of difficulty in handling the great 
influx of trainees after years of downsizing and cutting military bases. 
On the other hand, only one Member of Congress voted against 
military action last fall in the wa ke of the September 1 1 , 2001 , trag- 
edy. So the mood of our country is very much in support of what- 
ever it takes to conquer the threat of global terrorism. Under this 
kind of pressure, unusual things can occur. This bill opens the 
discussion about the possible return of the draft, and demonstrates 
that Members of Congress are thinking about it. It greatly increases 
the possibility of a "more reasonable" proposal getting through 
Congress. 

What I find alarming is the fact that instead of reinstating the 
previous "Draft Bill" with the existing provisions for Conscientious 



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Objectors, Representatives Smith and Weldon wrote new legisla- 
tion which has excluded the provisions for the exemption of Con- 
scientious Objectors from basic training which we have enjoyed 
during the past sixty some years. 

The feeling I get when reading this bill that was introduced into 
Congress is that we are now citizens in a country where the "pha- 
raoh knew not Joseph" (Exodus 1 :8). There is a new generation of 
leaders now serving in Congress, many of whom never served in 
the military and who are completely unaware of the provisions for 
Conscientious Objectors and Alternative Service. 

What should our response to this be? We need to prayl The 
purpose for this article is to inform you, that you may be better 
equipped to know how to pray for our nation's leaders. Paul in- 
structs us to make supplications, prayers, and intercessions "for 
the kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet 
and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good 
and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour' (I Timothy 2:2-3). 
Also pray for the members of the Civilian Service Board, that they 
may stay alert to any possible action, as well as respond with a 
proper and Christ-honoring response. 

Young men should register with the Selective Service upon 
reaching the age of 1 8 years old. Forms are available at your local 
Post Office. We suggest that the young men write these words 
somewhere on the form: 1 am a Conscientious Objector.' 1 Before 
mailing the form to the Selective Service, be sure to make copies 
of the completed form, and keep these copies in a safe place. If is 
imperative that young men, as well as all members, live lives con- 
sistent with the teachings of the Prince of Peace. People in our 
local communities are observing our lives. We claim that the New 
Testament is our rule of faith and practice, and it is essential that 
we live accordingly 

The Civilian Service Board will continue to monitor the situation 
and keep the membership informed as necessary. May God bless 
you, and may He guide us in these challenging times. 

With Loving Concern, 

Brother Robert S.Lehigh 

Executive Secretary of the Civilian Service Board 



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KENYA KNOTES 

FRIDAY (March 15) 

Today I worked with the men again at back filling the house. 
We only have about one forth of the house left to finish. Merlin and 
Justin dug the ditch or the sewer line and Ray and the boys fin- 
ished up after the men went home. 

Ray and Cheryl went to Kitali for supplies for the weddings and 
the house as well as for the Chepcornishwa Church, Alfred Amali 
was here to see me so I visited with him for quite some time. He 
had a number of questions and wanted some counsel on some 
issues within his personal life. I hope that he will accept the chal- 
lenges. 

Nancy and Marie were kept busy baking and decorating cake 
for the three weddings this week-end. About 5:20 Nancy came up 
to the house and told us that the mixer quit with one cake left to 
decorate. Now we have to go mixer shopping. 

SUNDAY 

Sorry for missing yesterday. With the weddings we had to haul 
people and help get things ready, the program printed and my notes 
copied over. In the afternoon and evening Ray was doing his led- 
ger on the computer so it was late till he finished. So I am here 
tonight. 

Saturday went fairly well. There were a few mix-ups but that 
was to be expected. It was Henry's and Paul's day. Ray was to take 
Milika and some of her ladies to Kessigon so he left around 7:30 
and ended up chasing half of them down. They forgot to pick up 
the dress, so Florence and he had to make another trip. I went to 
get Henry, He wasn't quite ready but didn't take too long. Brought 
some of his people to Caltex and had them walk to the church. 
Had to go to Makutano and escort Rose to the church. I got back 
just after Ray got back with his load. I checked with Hosea if I had 
all the program right. Printed it out and then went over the pro- 
gram with the MC and Matrons. It took a little convincing but it 
didn't go too badly. Henry's and Rose's family were to sit on one 
side and Paul's and Milika's on the other side. Also Henry was to go 



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first but they changed that also, so things got mixed up, I forgot to 
ask who was giving the bride. All in all things went smoothly and 

most of the people were happy the way things turned out. 

After the wedding Paul and Milika had their meal at Hosea's 
place. Hosea and Florence were their best couple. Henry had a 
close friend as their best couple. Merlin and I each took a load of 
people to Henry's place for their meal, i stayed as Henry invited 
me and wanted me to stay. Had chapati, rice, chicken, goat, beef 
and potatoes. Was delicious. Those who were in the house were 
about done eating when it started to rain, so all the little children 
came inside to the bedroom. I stood up as my back was hurting. 
They didn't have the tea finished yet and someone ask me to take 
them to the stage so they could get a ride home. I ended up with a 
whole load that I dropped off at the post office as it was really rain- 
ing. Got home and Cheryl had supper soon so ate a little. Later I 
took the letter and magazines over to Florence. Visited with her for 
a while. Paul was there as some of his guests were there as he 
didn't have enough room for them. He roasted some lamb on the 
charcoal burner and I had to eat some. Was really good. Hosea 
was down at the shop. He had to finish Karioki's suit for Moses' 
wedding the next day. He still hasn't learned. 

Sunday Merlin woke me to let them into the house to take a 
shower. He was to take Hosea to Kaptalamwa and Justin went 
along. It was the first time that he got to drive the cruiser. When 
they got back he said that thing really handles nice. Rolls over the 
rough stuff nice and easy Some were here early to start decorat- 
ing for Moses's wedding after church. I had to rearrange some of 
the chairs for church though. Church got started about ten min- 
utes late and before Sunday School it started to rain lightly. During 
Sunday School it really rained so we had a smaller crowd than 
normal. Peter taught Sunday School. Got into the discussion about 
which was the right day to worship : Saturday or Sunday. Was inter- 
esting and he went till about 1 1 :20. I had the message and church 
let out about 12:30. It had stopped raining right before Sunday 
School was over. During the rain they had to move all the chairs 
and some of the balloons came lose. Caleb kept pushing the water 
off the low spots of the tent. After church they went back to deco- 



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rating. Cheryl had tacos for lunch. She baked the chapati instead 
of frying it. It was good. 

I got the new program printed out and Ray went and picked up 
a load of people. Agnes was Matron; Amundi was MC. David and 
Alice were best couple. The march went good, but the parents of 
both sides didn't show up. Not sure what happened. We skipped 
those parts. Merlin and Hosea just got back in time for him to take 
his coat off and get to the church in time to give the church report. 
We moved on to the rest of the program. Cheryl cut the cake and 
gave the blessing to the couple. It started raining when they got 
ready to march to the vehicles. I took a load up and was asked to 
stay for the meal. Ray took a load up also but it was raining and 
they had everything set up outside. I went home. Ray took an- 
other load up and they moved everything to the municipal room. 
Moses moved up to right before the Netherlands office. I made 
popcorn for supper and now here I am. 

MONDAY 

Well another day has come and gone and I am still alive over 
here. Since we had so much rain since Friday it was too wet to 
back fill the house, so I didn't work up there this morning. I helped 
Merlin and Justin to prepare a place for Gilbert to work on the 
doors and other woodwork for the house. Then Ray and l took two 
ladies from Kaptalamwa to the hospital and dropped them off. We 
went down by the Arumaget water project. The pipe is broken and 
all the taps and the tank lid are gone. The water has been turned 
off to that tank. The new tank that I had built is still working and 
looking well except the tap is missing. They use a corn cob to keep 
the water from running all the time. Came back and dug up the 
sewer pipe from the commode in the big bathroom as it was not 
flushing right. Couldn't find any major problems. We left it open to 
watch it for a few days to make sure that there are no problems. 
After lunch we went up to the house and it was dry enough to start 
back filling. I worked with the men and Ray worked on the waste 
water pipe. He got it all finished. I helped him after the men went 
home. We worked till around 6:30 or so. After supper I went down 
to Hosea's shop to talk about plans for the weddings this week end. 
Cheryl is giving the girls baths now. Will get my shower and get to 



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bed as I have to get the men working tomorrow. Ray is going to 

Eidoret and Merlin, Justin and Davidson plan to go up to climb 
Mount Mortibus, so I will be alone. 

TUESDAY 

Today Ray's left around 8:15 for Eidoret. Marie wanted to visit 
the Hospice office and Ray went looking for ideas and supplies. 
Merlin and the boys went to Mount Mortibus and then later in the 
afternoon went to Kitatli. I got the men started on back filling and 
then had to come down to the house to check on a cement mixer 
and make another phone call. Went back up and the men asked 
where they were going to get tea today as the one worker that lives 
close usually has his wife make it but that didn't work out today. So 
I made them tea and they said that it was good. We got the house 
completely leveled inside and hope to start on the concrete tomor- 
row. 

I had to meet with Caleb's and Peter's today to discuss their 

wedding plans, hoping that they have the meal together but not 
sure if they will. Need to check in the morning what they decide. 

Rays didn't get home till around 8:00 so I warmed up the left- 
overs for the boys and I. Had plenty to eat and didn't hear any 
complaints. They washed the dishes after supper. 

Frank is doing well. He walks and runs playing with the girls 
when he is here. He is really growing. His legs are bowed a lot. 
Looks like he was riding a horse for a long time. When he runs he 
still waddles though. He doesn't seem to have complete control of 
his legs from the knees down, from what I could see watching, 
Frank was all smiles when he saw me but wouldn't talk to me other 
than answer how he was. 

WEDNESDAY 

I spend around two hours running between peopie this morn- 
ing trying to get Caleb and Peter to agree to have the meal after 
the wedding together here at the compound. We met this after- 
noon at 5:00 and discussed the pros and cons and they agreed to 
have it together. PRAISE THE LORD. Now we will meet tomorrow 
noon to work out the final plans for the meal. 



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I didn't get up to the house till around 10:00 or so. Ray got the 
garage formed and I helped level up out side the garage then started 
mixing the sand and cement together. I and two Kenyans mixed 
that on the ground. We level the sand out on the ground then 
dump the cement on the top and then shovel it back and forth four 
times to get it mixed right. Ray had a pan made to mix concrete 
and mud in, so we would put three wheel barrows of the sand and 
cement mix in and one wheel barrow of stone and some of the 
water; mix that by hand then add another wheel barrow of stone, 
mix it well and then dump it out and level it. Took about four hours 
to pour the garage which is 14x24. Not too bad for the first day, 
getting the men to understand what we wanted them to do. Didn't 
start till 2:00 and finished at 6:00 P.M. It is 9:00 P.M. and Ray is still 
finishing it. I want to go up after I am finished with this. Ray rented 
a cement mixer so we will use that also tomorrow. Ray just walked 
in and said he will need to wait about an hour before he can finish 
it completely. Ray is really thankful for the help and is real pleased 
with the progress that we are making. 

MONDAY 

The computer was down. Merlin wanted to print something 
and the printer wouldn't work. Ray put the printer and the scanner 
on a separate switch and Merlin didn't know that. A wire came 
loose and we lost our monitor. HOW DEPRESSING. 

Thursday morning we got started on the concrete again. Ray 
rented a mixer and it was delivered as we finished Wednesday 
evening. We got it set up and I tried it out. We thought that we 
could make a batch. Till I got all the stone, cement, sand and water 
in it, it was too much for the engine to turn it so we decided not to 
use it as the men were too curious to work. They all wanted to help 
me or watch how it worked. While the men ate lunch we decided to 
give it another try. We only did a half a batch (about two wheel 
barrows Africa brand) and it worked out okay. The nice thing was 
that it got mixed better than mixing by hand. I showed Merlin how 
to run it and I went to work with the men. We made good progress. 
Ray was kept busy finishing and Justin and I leveied and screeded. 
We finished around 4:30 and we let the men go home early. The 
mix from the mixer made it easier for Ray to get a nicer finish. It 



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started to rain so we covered it with plastic and waited for a little 
Ray had to finish in the dark with the light again. We never did 
meet to plan the meal for the weddings so I made plans for 8:00 
A.M. on Friday morning. 

Friday I helped Ray get set up and then I took the cycle and 
picked up men to plan the meal. They went round and round for an 
hour and finally came to an agreement and I left them planning 
and went back to the concrete. We poured the whole back side of 
the house and were done by 4:00 and let the men go early again. 
They have been working very well together as long as you super- 
vise them and keep them going. With the mixer helping all day it 
went faster, but it was hot and Ray really had to work to keep up 
but finished before dark. PTL. 

Hosea bought a small bull for Peter's and Caleb's wedding and 
Edwin came to kill it. I went over and helped to skin it out. Sure is 
different than we do. They gave me the heart, tongue and some 
iiverfor helping. Did some reading before going to bed. 

Saturday morning Ray and the boys went to Kitali for some 
things and to the bank. [ read some this morning till was needed 
out in the tent. It felt good to relax this morning. 

The weddings were to start at 1 1 :00 but it was 1:15 till we got 
started. Everything went good. They served the meal at Hosea's 
and in the tent, then the couples went home. Ray's family took 
Marie to Kitali for supper as it was her birthday. The boys and I 
stayed home. I went to my room and read and the boys went down 
to see Pini as she came home this evening. Ray's got home around 
8:00 and had cake so I joined them and visited a little. 

Sunday morning I was to go to Ortum for services. Gilbert 
went along as we needed to discuss about the weddings there on 
Saturday. I took the cruiser and two bags of maize for their wed- 
dings and had a full load of people. Nancy and Marie went along. 
Services started close to on time and had a nice crowd but not full. 
Was windy and they haven't finished the church yet. Ray has not 
had time to get that done yet. We left there about 2:00. Got stopped 
at Chepcornishwa. They said that one of the sisters died and wanted 
some one to come to the funeral. Then took Marie down to see the 



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new church that we are building for them. Got home close to 3;00. 
Ate a little and laid down for a nap. Slept till Pini came. Talked with 
her for a while then went to services. 

Gilbert preached about the characteristic of the church. Cheryl 
had the tongue and heart on and I made popcorn for supper. Vis- 
ited with Ray and Cheryl for a while and then read again. 

Monday got a good start on the house then made sure that 
Hosea and Gilbert were going to go to Chepcornishwa for the fu- 
neral. We were about out of cement so I went to town to get more. 
Got back and helped some. We had half of the men take their 
dinner break at different times so we could keep moving on the 
concrete. Was partly cloudy so it didn't set as fast as Friday. We 
finished the complete floor slab today around 3: 1 5, the biggest pour 
yet, close to ten yards of concrete. We got a few little showers but 
not enough to damage any of the concrete. PTL. Since it wasn't so 
hot Ray has to finish part of it with lights tonight. 

TUESDAY 

Last evening Ray and I were discussing what we were going to 
do on Tuesday. Justin came in the door and we asked him if he 
would like to help finish the roof of the Chepcornishwa church, so 
we decided to go up there today. Ray got the men started moving 
ground up at the house, I started loading supplies for the church. 
We left around 8:45, went to town to look for a door which we found. 
We went up to Chepcornishwa and Ray and Justin started putting 
iron sheets on while Merlin, Davidson and I dug and set the rest of 
the posts. Ray got the one side done till they brought tea. We all 
took a short break. Then I helped Justin and Ray get the first row 
of iron sheets on the other side done then he went to make a door 
frame for the door, while Justin and I finished the roof. Merlin and 
Davidson finished the last two posts. We finished up at 4:00 P.M. 
and left for home. Merlin, Justin and Davidson ran into Kitali for a 
few things and to the leather coat market before Justin goes home. 
They were able to bargin a good price for some nice coats. We 
went up to the house to see how the men made out and they had 
the verandah backfill finished. Ray and I discussed the height of 
the grade and how far to go with the cut out front. I will be keeping 



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the men working while Ray's are in Nairobi. Marie and Justin got 
most of their things gathered and packed tonight. 

WEDNESDAY 

Justin woke me early to let him into the house so he could get 
a shower before going to Nairobi. I got up and got the wheel bar- 
rows out and greased the axles (they don't have a grease zerk to 
grease them, so you have to take the axle out and put them back 
together). Took the men up and showed them what we wanted 
them to do and got them started. Came down to the house, had 
breakfast, helped Ray load up the cruiser, checked on the men. I 
almost forgot that I was to go up to a new church which is on the 
way to Kaptalomwa called Paraywa for service. This is a satellite 
church from Chepcornishwa, under the leadership of Brother 
Francis Kedering. I was to be there between 1 and 1 1 and it was 
almost 10:00. I checked with Gilbert and he was almost ready. 
Came back and checked on the men and got my Bible and helmet 
and went to town for petrol for the cycle. Picked up Gilbert and we 
get there at around 10:45. Church started around 1145 They 
worship under a tree on the top of a hill which looks out over 
Cheperaria. What a beautiful view. If it is clear you can see the 
Suam River and the Uganda border. We sang for a while till the 
rest of the members got there. I started to preach at 12:15 and 
about half way through I saw some rain clouds coming directly for 
us. I breathed a prayer for the Lord to divert it. We got a few 
sprinkles but it split on the knob right before the church. You could 
see it raining down in Cheperaria and on the other side of the moun- 
tain but not on us. What a dynamic display of God's power when 
we simply ask in faith. 

My message was on Hope. There were fifteen adults and not 
sure how many children. It was a good service. Had to be trans- 
lated into Pokot so took a little longer. After church they had a meal 
for everyone of rice and beans with tea. Was delicious. The first 
since I am back. Got back around 3:15 and visited with Gilbert for 
a while about some problems. Came back and checked with the 
men. They were making good head way today. Rode to town and 
got mail. Need to go talk with Edwin a little then I guess that will fill 
my day. 



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THURSDAY 

Got awake about 6:30, got up and put a load of jeans in the 
washer, got dressed and was putting my contacts in when there 
was a knock on the door. Florence was there with a man and wife 
from Kaplami that needed to go to the hospital. I sent them on up 
as I needed to get the men working first. Got the men started and 
came back down to the house and put the sheets in the washer, 
Hosea came and said that there was a man that was very sick and 
needed to go to the hospital so I got the van and we picked up 
Amundi and Solomon and dropped them off at the hospital. Came 
back, hung out the wash and got ready to go to Eldoret. I was 
going to go as I didn't need to be hereforthe men. Hosea asked to 
go along. I said that I was going to take the cycle. He said thatwas 
okay. I finished up the things that I had started and then we left for 
town about 1 1 :40. We made good time to Eldoret. We looked in all 
the material shops for Hosea's material, couldn't find exactly what 
he wanted so took second best. Stopped at Paul's bakery for pizza 
and headed home. We stopped in Kaplami to see Peter but he 
wasn't home. We continued on and saw him on the way so stopped 
along the road and visited a little. Didn't get home till 5:30. Checked 
how the men made out and found they made good progress today. 
Went to Amundi's to check how he made out. The lady has malaria 
and Solomon has typhoid malaria, brusolosis and brockolites so 
he was put in a ward. Came home, took down wash and made 
some fish and noodles for supper. Had left-over pumpkin pie for 
desert. 

FRIDAY 

I got the men started up at the house, came down and hung 
out the wash that I did last evening. Then I went up to Amundi and 
Agnes for tea. She had mundazi, fried egg and tea. Had a good 
visit, was there around one and a half hours. Left there and stopped 
to see Amelda and Frank. Had a good visit with her. 

Stopped by the house and checked on the men on the way 
home. Laid out the program forthe wedding on Saturday and some 
other computer work. Checked with a few brethren about the plans 
forthe wedding. When I got home Rays were here so helped un- 



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load and visited with them. While they were in Nairobi Ray got a set 
of tubeless tires put on the cruiser finally. Seems he never had 
enough time and space to haul the old ones home before, but since 
he got the roof rack put on he had room. It really made it look nice 
with good aluminum wheels. It also changed the handling, doesn't 
squirrel around on the road for those who understand those terms. 
Got to bed at a decent hour. 

SATURDAY 
I left this morning at 8:30 and headed to Ortum. I had six people 
with me from here. Stopped in Chepcornishwa and picked up the 
quire, dropped them off at Ortum and then went to Sigor. Got a 
load and came back and had to go up through the bush to Ortum 
to get a second load and had to wait for 1 :45 till they came so got a 
late start. The wedding was for Luka and Seiina and Francis Kedi 
and Seiina. Was a very simple wedding but nice. We had it at the 
church just below town off the main road. After the wedding Merlin 
took the one load in the van up through Sibet and I took the load to 
Sigor. Came back and got my load and headed for home. Here 
Merlin was along the road, the oil was low and they lost power. [ 
took my load to Chepcornishwa, dropped them off and came back, 
got the load from the van and hooked up the tow rope and started 
out and it tore. Went a little ways and here it just pulled out. I retied 
it and then it worked. Ended up pulling him all the way to the top of 
the mountain. Didn't get home till around 8:00 P.M. so I spent around 
six hours of driving and preached a sermon and did the vows so I 
am beat. I am going to Chesubet tomorrow for services. 

SUNDAY 

I was to go to Chesubet today and Merlin was to take Hosea to 
Kaptaiamua, I left about 8:20 with Davidson on the cycle, stopped 
and got gas and headed out the road toward Kitali. Got to the last 
speed bump out at Jane Anyungo's place when I thought it felt like 
I had a flat tire. Stopped and sure enough it was flat. I told Davidson 
to get the next taxi and get back to the compound and tell Merlin to 
come and get me before he leaves. In less than a minute here 
comes a taxi and he got home just as Merlin was loading so every- 
one climbed out and Ray and Merlin came out to get me. I had 
started walking the cycle back to Makutano. Brought it home and I 



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changed clothes and went along with the load to Kaptalomwa. 

Dropped them off and went on to Chesubet. Got there forty 
minutes late. Had a good service, about twenty church people 
there. There were some school children there, so as usual they 
were interested in a white person. They stood at the door and 
window. When I got up to preach I walked to the door and they all 
scattered. I walked towards the window and they all scattered. 
One of the brethren went out and invited them in so about twenty 
of them came in and that filled the church. After services there 
were a few questions while they finished preparing the meal. We 
had chicken, potatoes, rice, chapati and tea. Was good. 

We left there around 2:30 and went back for the ones at 
Kaptalamua. When we got there they were in the field picking a 
few greens and cabbage. It started raining so it didn't take too long 
and they were back. The ladies there made a pot of potatoes for 
them so they ate and we left. Ray had bought some potatoes from 
one of the members before but never got them but they were ready 
so stopped by his farm and picked them up. 

We got home around 6:15. Fellowshipped with a few of the 
brethren that were still here. Ray and his family and I walked up to 
the house to see what all was accomplished fast week. The men 
made good progress. Ray plans to lay out the wall tomorrow and 
get the mason started by Wednesday. Continue to pray that God 
will give strength and wisdom in the work that is ahead. 

Brother Merle Sweitzer 

HATE THE EVIL, LOVE THE GOOD AND ESTABLISH 

JUDGEMENT 

"Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgement in 
the gate: it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto 
the remnant of Joseph." Amos 5:15. 

One of the great controversies within the earthly church is the 
question, "What is the work and purpose of the Church?" While the 
true Church may not be the remnant of Joseph, it is truly a rem- 
nant, Down through the ages of time the church has been bom- 



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barded and infiltrated by false teaching. But God always had a 
faithful remnant. At times they were so few that there appears to 
be no historical trace left of their existence. But we believe that the 
words of Jesus held true throughout the ages of time, "...and upon 
this rock (Peter's statement that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the 
living God) I will build my church; and the gates of heil shall not 
prevail against it." 

The wisdom God gave to Amos, we believe is also words of 
instruction for the Church today. We are to hate the evil. While 
there are some Bible passages that seem to teach that God not 
only hates the evil but the evil doer as well and that this was also 
true of some Old Testament writers, the New Testament seems, to 
us, to agree with the conclusion that we are to "hate the sin but 
love the sinner;' Sadly, the modern church has gone beyond this. 
It is becoming harder and harder to find anything that everyone 
agrees is evil. In I Peter 3:11 we read : "Let him eschew (shun) evil, 
and do good:..." It is not hard to understand the unwillingness to 
name evil in society as a whole. But we fail to understand the 
attitude and emphasis of the earthly church. Perhaps one of the 
problems is the recent teaching that we should avoid all negatives 
and only preach and teach what is positive. "Thou shalt not" is 
found throughout the Old Testament and inferred in the New Testa- 
ment as well. 

But the Bible is not all negative. We are to love the good. We 
do not agree with those who seem to think that there is no good left 
in the earthly church. While it is not perfect in a human sense, the 
holy remnant is good. Like Elijah of old we may come to the false 
conclusion that we (as an individual or denomination) are the only 
true believers God has left. We do not claim to understand or have 
a solution to the problem of the various teachings and rituals within 
the earthly church. We have come to the conclusion that God prob- 
ably has some of His Elect in most of the modern denominations 
and gatherings. With all of the problems, there is still much good 
that we can love. 

There is another aspect to loving the good. What God has 
established as proper and right is good. First of all, we are to love 
God with all of our heart, soul and mind. Then we are to love His 



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Holy Word. We are to love those things which He loves. Such 
things are honesty, moral living and trying to live in peace one with 
another. 

Last of all, we are to establish judgement. This may be the 
most difficult of the three. Being judgmental is considered to be 
one of the atrocities of our day. And there is some truth to this. But 
we are informed that we should have the discernment to distin- 
guish who are the false prophets (outside the church) and the false 
teachers (inside the church). We are also warned about the doc- 
trines of man. We should be very careful what we establish as 
being necessary for salvation. On the other hand, if all Bible appli- 
cation is deemed to be merely the doctrines of men we have no 
guidelines to apply to those areas not specifically mentioned in the 
Bible for the simple reason that they are not invented yet. 

We are also persuaded that God desires us to think alike and 
to be alike as much as is practical. When Jesus prayed that we 
should all be one we believe it was in a more general way. We are 
to be one in the true faith as He and the Father are one. The 
instructions in the epistles were given to local congregations, which, 
we believe, would now be considered denominations. It is our con- 
viction that our manner of dress, our church worship and our church 
practices are all to be as close as possible in likeness. We are also 
convinced that this is to be a part of our witness to the world. 

When we hate the evil, love the good and establish judgement 
we will receive the approval of God. Doing this will not always make 
you popular with society or even with the earthly church. But we 
are to please God, not man. May this be our desire and goal. 

Brother James M. Hite 
81 6 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

FOR GOD SO LOVED... 

John 3:16, Tor God so loved the world, that he gave his only 
begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life." 



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Is there someone in your life that you cannot stand? Hate is 
perhaps too strong a word, but there are some people that con- 
stantly give us a hard time. They do not like us, try to harm us or 
bad-mouth us to others. What shall we do when we are treated ill 
for good reason or not? We must pray for them. We must person- 
alize our faith and also personalize our prayers. 

One day, nearly thirty years ago, John 3:16 became very real 
and personal to me: For God so loved Lynn H. Miller, that he gave 
his only begotten son, that if Lynn H. Miller believes in him, Lynn H 
Millershould not perish, but Lynn H.Miller will have everlasting life 
O, how God loves us! He likewise gives us a heart of love. Ezekiel 
36:26 says, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I 
put within you..." 

This new heart will extend the Love of God to others, even 
those who hate us and despitefully use us. We will pray for' these 
people because God loves them and we can do no less. The scrip- 
tures will then look this way: For God so loved Osama bin Laden 
that he gave his only begotten Son, that if Osama bin Laden be- 
lieves in him, Osama bin Laden should not perish, but Osama bin 
Laden will have everlasting life. Do we believe that God can save 
to the uttermost? 

Do we believe that it was our sins that nailed Jesus Christ the 
Son of God to that repugnant cross? Or do we think, "I am not so 
bad. ,! Yet Christ, who had no sin, died in our place. What love! 

Dearly we are bought, for God 

Bought us with his own heart's blood; 

Boundless depths of love divine! 

Jesus, what a love was thine! 

Though the wonders thou hast done 

Are as yet so little known, 

Here we fix and comfort take — 

Jesus died for sinners' sake. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



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BIBLE STORIES 

SORROWTURNEDTO JOY 

Luke 7:11-18 

Jesus went into a city called Nain. At this time Jesus had many 
disciples and a large crowd of people with Him. These people were 
excited and happy expecting to see Jesus do some miracle, for His 
reputation as a great healer and teacher had gone far and wide. 

As Jesus and His followers came near to the gate of the city 
they met a group of people who were not so happy. They were 
carrying the body of a young man who had died, and he was the 
only son of a widow. There was a large crowd of people with her, 
and they were weeping and wailing the loss of this young man. 

When Jesus saw this poor mother who had lost her only son : 
He felt sorry for her and said unto her, "Weep not;' 

Then Jesus came and touched the bier, and those that were 
carrying it stood still. A bier is a framework like a stretcher to carry 
a body to the grave. Then Jesus said the most wonderful words 
this mother had ever heard, 'Young man, I say unto thee, Arise." 
And the young man that had been dead sat up and began to speak. 
I would like to know what he said, but the Bible doesn't say. Then 
Jesus delivered him to his mother. 

What happiness, what joy was in that mother's heart! She would 
never be able to thank Jesus enough for giving back her only son 
whom she needed so much. 

QUESTIONS; 

(1) When Jesus comes again will we be able to see Him? Rev, 1:7 

(2) Will He raise the dead to life? I Thessalonians 4:16-17 

Brother Rudy Cover 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 

June 8-12, 2002 

General Conference will be held at the Memorial Holiness Camp- 
grounds, 6390 S. Jay Road, located 1 1/2 mile south west of West 



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Milton, Ohio. 

Those traveling from the north on 1-75 should exit at Route 55 
and go west to Route 48. Then go south to Garland Road (ap- 
proximately 1/2 mile south of West Milton) then west to Jay Road, 
then north to grounds. 

Those coming from the north on Route 127 should take Route 
571 from Greenville to Davis Road, south to Jay Road then south 
to grounds. 

Those coming from east or west on I-70 should exit at Route 
48 and proceed north approximately 6 mile to Garland Road and 
proceed west to Jay Road then north to grounds. 

By plane, come to Dayton International Airport and call the camp 
grounds for someone to pick you up. if you are traveling by bus 
come to Dayton. There is a local bus service from Dayton to Union. 

The Camp Grounds phone number is 937-698-9387. 

If possible, bring your own bedding. There will be bedding avail- 
able for rent at a nominal fee at the grounds for those who cannot 
bring their own. 

There are plenty of camper hook-ups available. 

Lodging Committee: Don and Lue Hostetler 

Rick and Anna St. John 

Fred and Jane Johnson 

Please send your reservations as soon as possible to: 

Don Hostetler 

8483 Arcanum-Bears Mill Rd. 

Greenville, OH 45331 

Phone: 937-548-7382 

e-mail deh84@voyager.net 

Brother Paul Stump, Arrangements Committee 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Waynesboro Congregation invites you to attend all-day 
services on May 5. Sunday School with preaching to follow will be 
at 9:30 after which you are invited to join us for dinner. Further 



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preaching services will be held at 2:00 in the afternoon and our 
Lovefeast Service will be in the evening. 

Sister Mary Alice Shaffer, Cor. 

THANKYOU 

I want to thank the Brethren and Sisters who sent cards, little 
gifts, and especially the prayers for my 85th birthday from every 
congregation in the Brotherhood. May God richly bless each one 
of you. 

in Christian love 
Brother Lester Bittinger 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MAY 2002 

May 5 - Disorder for Dinner Instead of the Lord's Supper-I Cor. 
11:17-34 

1 . What must we do individually to make sure we come to- 
gether "for the better", especially for a communion ser- 
vice? 

2. Of what does "examining" myself really consist? 

May 12 - MOTHER'S DAY - Luke 2:1-52 

1 . What answer do you think Mary expected when she said, 
"Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us"? 

2. Explain the phrase, "But his mother kept ail these say- 
ings in her heart". 

May 19 - Spiritual Gifts as Manifestations of the Spirit-I Cor. 12:1- 
13 

1. What requirements must be met for us to receive Spiri- 
tual gifts? 

2. How can we know what Spiritual gift(s) we have? 



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May 26 - Many Members but One Body - 1 Cor. 12:14-31 

1 . Why has God created us each so differently that it takes 
all of us working together to make a complete body? 

2. What are the "best gifts" that Paul said we should "covet 
earnestly"? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

MAY 2002 

May 5- A Redeemer - Isa. 59:1-21, Acts 4:10-12 

1 . Why was : and still is, a Redeemer necessary? 

2. Why was Jesus Christ, the son of God, the only person 
who could be the Redeemer of mankind? 

May 12 - MOTHER'S DAY - Gen. 3:17-24. 27:1-16 & 42-46 Prov 

31:1-31 

1 . Why is Eve called the mother of all living? 

2. Why did Rebekah help her son, Jacob, deceive his fa- 
ther, Isaac? 

May 19 - Redemption - Rom. 3:24-26, I Cor. 1:27-31, Gal. 3:1-14, 

Col. 1:12-18, Titus 2:11-15, Rev. 5:9-10 Heb 911-12 I 
Pet. 1:18-25 

1 . How can we, as Gentiles, receive the blessing God gave 

to Abraham? 

2. How can we be delivered from the power of darkness 
and translated into the Kingdom of Christ? 

May 26 - Battle of Life - Rom. 7:14-25, II Cor. 10:3-6, Eph. 6:12 I 
Tim. 1:18-20 & 6:12-16 

1 . What is the battle we will continually fight during our life- 
time on earth? 

2. What weapons are necessary to be victorious in this spiri- 
tual battle? 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 



GENERAL 
BOARD 



MISSION 



Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2270 Co.Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford. CA 95386 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill 

Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45332 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 

10340 North Diamond Mill 

Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Ronald Marks, Secretary 



1813 N. 136th Avenue 
Hart, Ml 49420 

Fred O. Pifer, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold, OH 43502 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Phil Franklin 

1520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95350 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

Lloyd Lorenz, Treasurer 
3949 S 100 E 
Peru, IN 44970 
(576) 473-5045 

Gordon Jamison 
R 1 Box 136 



Quinter, KS 67752 
(785) 754-3639 

Paul Nell 

7298 Woodland Drive 
Spring Grove, PA 17362 
(717) 225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter. KS 67752 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood. OH 45322 

Phil Franklin, Secretary 
1520 Brannon Ave. 
Modesto, CA 95350 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Qverfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Ray R.Reed 
302 Percival 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

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VOL. LXXX 



MAY 2002 



NO. 5 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



COME LET US SEARCH OUR WAYS 

Come, let us search our ways and see, 
Have they been just and right? 
In the great rule of equity 
Our practice and delight? 

What we would have our neighbor do, 
Have we still done the same, 
From others ne'er withheld the due 
Which we from others claim? 

Do we, in all we sell or buy, 
Integrity maintain? 
And knowing God is always nigh, 
Renounce unrighteous gain? 



Then may we raise our modest prayer 
To God, the just and kind; 
May humbly cast on him our care, 
And hope his grace to find. 

-Isaac Watts 



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CHRISTIAN LIBERTY/BROTHERLY LOVE 

It is often necessary to caution those who enjoy great freedom 
that they have an equal responsibility. Freedom without responsi- 
bility becomes anarchy. If freedom is unrestrained, others may be 
hurt. Freedom must be used responsibly. 

In a free society like the United States, there are tensions be- 
tween various groups, all of whom want to exercise their total free- 
dom. It is necessary for each group to limit its activities so they do 
not infringe on another group's activities. Freedom without proper 
responsibility of each group will bring many undesired effects. 

The need for responsibility not only applies to political and so- 
cial freedoms. Responsibility is needed in the Christian life as well. 

A Christian has a great freedom. He has gained his liberty 
from the bondage of sin that Satan uses to ensnare everyone. Not 
only does the Christian have this freedom but also liberty in many 
otherthings. 

Because the Christian is not in bondage to the worthless idol 
worship of this world, the power of idols do not bind him as they do 
the people who give their allegiance to the gods of this world. The 
gods of this world are many. They come in various shapes and 
sizes. They often are not recognized because they do not readily 
appear to be gods. They come disguised as ordinary things and 
activities of this life. The gods of today's world do not appear as 



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strange statues or places of sacrifice. Today's gods may take the 
form of automobiles, money position, fame, beauty or many other 
everyday things that people desire. People will sacrifice their best 
efforts and even their morals to obtain the favor of today's gods. 

Christians are not to be under the power of the gods of this 
world. They know that the gods of this world do not possess real 
power. Real power is in the hands of God, therefore a Christian 
does not worship at the altar of the world's gods. This is a great 
freedom in the midst of a society that pursues these gods daily. 

The Corinthians were reminded that the gods they had once 
worshipped had no power at all. Those who understood this free- 
dom were tempted to eat the meat that had been offered as a 
sacrifice to the heathen gods. Most of the meat sold in the 
"shambles" had previously been offered as a sacrifice to those gods. 
They reasoned since those gods did not have any real power they 
could eat that meat without regard to its previous use as a sacri- 
fice. Physically the meat was unchanged by being a sacrifice, but 
there was a Spiritual danger in eating it. 

Paul warned the Corinthians who felt strong enough to partake 
of this meat, that though it might not harm them, they still had a 
responsibility to their fellow believers. That responsibility accom- 
panied their Christian freedom. They might eat of that meat and 
regard it as nothing more than good meat. However, there might 
be other weaker believers who would observe their flagrant eating 
of that meat and be emboldened to partake of the meat them- 
selves. The danger was that as recently delivered Christians they 
would still regard the meat as having been offered to a local god. 
Their conscience would be harmed by this activity since they still 
were showing a regard for that heathen god. 

Paul warned that the stronger must forgo some activities that 
might not be harmful to themselves, but could be Spiritually harm- 
ful to some of their weaker companions. Their Christian freedom 
carried with it a responsibility for the Spiritual well being of their 
fellow believers. They could not exercise their freedom fully for 
fear another would be misdirected if they followed in the same ac- 
tivity. 



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This limit on Christian liberty was not only a consideration for 
the Corinthian Church, it remains a valid concern among Chris- 
tians today The question is often raised about the Church's ban 
upon some particular activity It may be felt that the ban is unnec- 
essary. That particular activity may not be considered to be wrong 
in itself, but if a weak believer is emboldened to participate in that 
activity it may prove dangerous to his Spiritual well being. 

It is great privilege to be given the degree of Christian freedom 
that is ours. However we need to regulate ourselves in the pursuit 
of such a great freedom so we do not cause another believer to 
fall. We need to take care that our freedom does not generate a 
bad report concerning the Church in the community. 

In this as in all our Christian duties, we must remember that the 
Golden Rule is the best rule of all. 'Do unto others as you would 
have others do unto you." 

M.C.Cook 

COMMISSIONED FOR A SPECIAL TASK 

Acts 13:1-25 

Barnabas and Saul had just returned to Antioch from Jerusa- 
lem (where they had delivered an offering). As the preachers en- 
gaged in the work of the ministry at Antioch, suddenly, as they min- 
istered and fasted, one day out of the blue, the Holy Spirit gave 
instructions that they were to separate Barnabas and Saul and com- 
mission them forsome special work to which they had been called. 
So they fasted and prayed some more. They, then, laid their hands 
on Barnabas and Saul and sent them away to destinations known 
only to the Holy Spirit. Talk about traveling in faith! 

Barnabas and Saul did not seem to have any trouble discern- 
ing the direction of the Holy Spirit. They went to Cyprus and began 
preaching the word of God in the synagogues. Note that John 
(Mark) was along helping. 

When they came to Paphos, they encountered some opposi- 
tion by "the enemy." Note carefully Paul's rebuke in verses 10 and 
11. Rather than having the Spirit of God kill the false prophet, Paul 



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called down temporary blindness on the man. Can you think of any 
time when Paul used this type of rebuke again in his life? 

There are two special things to note here. One is that Saul's 
name was changed to Paul in verse 9. Paul was filled with the Holy 
Ghost. Notice also in verse 1 3 how the reading goes: 'Now when 
Paul and his company loosed from Paphos,..." Suddenly, it's not 
Barnabas and Saul anymore (verse 7), but it is "Paul and his com- 
pany." From here on out, the emphasis in the book of Acts is on 
Paul's ministry. Barnabas had been the one who first believed in 
Paulin Jerusalem. He had taken Paul under his wing. But at this 
point, he was graciously taking "second place" to Paul in the minis- 
try of the Word. Also note that John (Mark) departed from them 
and returned to Jerusalem. There is no reason given here; just the 
fact that he left Paul and Barnabas. 

Next, Paul and Barnabas came to Antioch in Pisidia, and as 
was the custom for special guests, preached at the synagogue. 
Note carefully how Paul briefly outlined Israel's history (like Stephen), 
and through that pointed the way to Christ. Paul began wherever 
his audience was ; and led them to Jesus Christ. 

Summary Thought... It takes special grace and humility for any 
man to take "second place" in the role of ministry in the church. 
Never get jealous if someone else seems to get the preeminence 
in the ministry of the Word (in the work of the Church). God has an 
important place for each believer. We each need to discover that 
place. We each need to work contentedly and faithfully in it. It is 
good to rejoice when others receive a higher calling. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Brother Robert S. Lehigh 

KENYA KNOTES 

TUESDAY 

I awakened around 6:00. I checked my e-mail and there was 
one from my wife. I had not heard from her since Thursday evening 
as she went to her folks' cabin up state. I could not stand it, so I 
called her. They had not been able to get through on the phone as 



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there must be some problems with the phone system here in Kenya. 
It was so good to hear her voice. That was only the second time 
that I talked to her in the last five weeks. Those of you who are able 
to talk to your wife and do not take time, you will never know how 
sweet your wife's voice sounds till you cannot hear it every day, 
and you better not take it for granted. 

There were two men here to see me. There was an old man 
that was laying out along the road. Someone had dropped him off 
during the night. They were told that we were a hospital and would 
help, Hosea checked it out and sent them to the hospital. We get 
all kinds of people who stop here and need assistance but we can- 
not help every one. I checked with the men who are working up at 
the house to see if they needed anything before I left. 

Merlin and Davidson loaded the tools and things we needed to 
finish building the fence for the Ortum church property. We left 
around 9:30. We had a good day. We finished the fence except for 
the gate. Ray will make a gate for it later. We got back home 
around 5:30. Put everything away Nancy had supper ready so we 
ate. 

WEDNESDAY 

Got up and did a few things here, until the people came that I 
needed to go with to Kapenguria to the Government Offices. Left 
around 9:15. We were there until 1:00. They all went for lunch, so 
we came home and ate some. We went back at 2:15 and were 
there until 4:45. Glad I had my book along. It does not bother me 
if I have a book along to read. I came home, ate supper, then went 
and visited with Hosea and Florence for a while. Came home and 
read till I fell asleep. 

THURSDAY 

When I got up, two of the girls were in the kitchen peeling pota- 
toes, so I helped them and made hashed browns and bacon for 
breakfast. Till I was done it was around 9:15. I went back up to the 
Government offices and waited till 2:30 till I finished all the paper 
work. I finished my book and wandered around for about twenty 
minutes until they were done. I came home and there was another 
girl here whom I was helping to register for her final exams. So I 



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grabbed another book and went back up to Kapenguria. Didn't get 
home until around 5:15. Had pizza for supper. Got a shower early 
and went to my room and read for quite a while. I am really enjoy- 
ing the time that I have had to read. Although it is lonely without my 
wife herewith me!! 

FRIDAY 

Slept a little late as I did not sleep well last night. We had a 
visitor at the gate this morning. A young fellow, Myron Sauder, 
from Mountville, Pennsylvania. He is studying to be a teacher at 
Messiah College and is studying here in Kenya for one term. He 
heard about us through Cheryl's friend so he came by bus and will 
be with us for the weekend, as it is a long weekend for Easter. 

Cheryl made pancakes for breakfast and it got a little late. I 
checked the brakes on the van as they were pulling to one side but 
everything was fine. I finished with that and did some computer 
work. I got ready to go to Kaplami for services. I stopped down 
and picked up Edwin as he has been going there every Sunday to 
preach for them. I need to get a few things in Kitali. Had around 
fifteen for services. Had a good worship service. Came out through 
Sibanga as Edwin wanted to get milk to make tea for his wedding 
tomorrow. Hauled some wood and a sheep here to the compound 
for the meal at the wedding tomorrow. I arrived home around 6:00 
PM. I had rtce : stir fry beef and spinach for supper with cup cakes 
for dessert. 

The mason started on the house on Wednesday so there is not 
as much physical work to be done at the moment for me. I would 

like to finish the fence up for the Ortum church yet before I go 
home. 

SATURDAY 

A double wedding is planned for today, but did not know what 
the plans were to be so I got all my things ready. The weddings 
were scheduled to start at 10:00 A.M. but!!!!!!!! at 12:15 Henry came 
and asked if I was going to pick up Edwin. I said that I never heard 
I was, so I went down and got him. Came back and was here about 
twenty minutes and Moses came and asked if I was going to pick 
up Joshua. I never heard from them either so went to Arumeget 



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and brought them back. Edwin was in the church and Jane was on 
her way in when I got back. We finally started around 1:45 P.M. 
They had a meal here so everything was over around 5:30 or so. 
Merlin took Joshua and Beatrice home and I took Edwin and Jane 
home. I came back, changed clothes and took the cycle and went 
to see James. He just returned home this morning. I got home 
around 9:15, had a good visit with him. 

SUNDAY 

I was scheduled to go to Chepcornishwa for services today 
and we were also having a wedding after services. I left around 
8:45 and went to Paraywa to pick up the church there and went to 
Chepcornishwa. I got there around 10:45. Ray brought a van load 
from home also and then a load came from Ortum. So the church 
was full. We had the first service in the new church. They have 
about half the sticks on the side and will soon be ready for mud. 
There were around 1 50 or so at church so it was full. Ray had the 
devotions then I had the message. After the message, I had a 
short dedication service for the new church. After the services I 
had to go to Cheperaria to get the bride. The wedding got under 
way around 2:00 p.m. Was a good and simple wedding for Christo- 
pher and Susan. Christopher is the teacher at the Paraywa church 
which is a satellite from the Chepcornishwa church under Pastor 
Francis Kedering. A large crowd for this wedding. I took a load 
back to Paraywa on my way home. Got home and there were a 
few people here to see Chad's wedding video. Ray and I talked till 
about 1 :00 A.M. as he is going to Nairobi to pick up Hannah Powell 
and check for supplies for the house. 

MONDAY 

Ray and Cheryl and the two youngest girls along with three or 
four natives left for Nairobi around 9:30. I wrote some e-mail till the 
Brethren came for Kenya mission board meeting around 10:45. 
Board meeting lasted till 5:30. We discussed a number of agendas 
that they wanted my input and suggestions. The Brethren are do- 
ing a good job of leading the church. They have made some mis- 
takes but so do we all. Only a few days left till I go home. I have 
mixed feelings as I always do. Part of me wants to stay here and 



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continue the work which i really enjoy but my wife and family have 
a very strong pull. 

WEDNESDAY 

I spent the morning checking on Agnes and the arrangements 
for the funeral. They had to wait till they could get the papers to 
transport the babies to the home place. They did not get released 
till after 1 1 :00 and there was not enough time to go to the home 
place and come back so we told them that we would do it tomor- 
row. The Makutano Congregation had a council meeting planned 
for this afternoon and wanted me to help with that. It started around 
4:15 and lasted till around 6:30. Was able to say good-bye to most 
of the members afterward. I got all my things gathered together for 
tonight and then visited with Ray again till late. 

THURSDAY 

Ray got his men started on the house then prepared to take 
the people to bury the babies. We got ready to leave and said our 
good-byes. We had to meet Ray in Kitali as we both needed money 
and only had one bank card. Merlin ; Davidson and I left from there 
to go to Nairobi. Stopped in Nakuru to get a few souvenirs. Also 
stopped and visited with Allen Yoder. Was good to see and visit with 
him again. We got to Nairobi around 7:30 P.M. 

FRIDAY 

We went to a bank downtown to make a deposit to see if we 
could get Davidson's visa. We went to the U. S. Embassy. I had to 
wait about one and a half hours till I was able to see a person. 
They never responded to my e-mail that I sent on Monday. They 
said that they have too many inquires to respond that quickly so I 
did not have a confirmation number and therefore was not able to 
have an appointment to get the visa. We left there and went and 
had the brush guard put on the cruiser and did some other shop- 
ping around town. Went to bed at a decent hour tonight. 

SATURDAY 

After breakfast we headed out on the town to finish up all the 
errands and shopping that we had planned. We found everything 
and were back late in the afternoon and were able to relax before 



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supper. After supper we all went out to Joseph Oguto to visit. I 
really surprised him. His e-mail was not working and he never 
received the e-mail that I was in the country. They were just finish- 
ing their supper so they made some for us. We had fish, rice and 
liver with broth. We left there around 10:00 P.M. 

SUNDAY 

Ray rode the bus overnight to Nairobi and got in to the guest 
house around 5:00 A.M. and crawled into the cruiser and slept till 
breakfast. We got all our things packed into the cruiser and ate an 
early breakfast and left for the airport by 7:30. Took a little while till 
we got through check in, said good-bye to Ray, Davidson and Carol 
and went through passport control. Wasn't too long till we boarded 
the plane. Every seat was full, had a good flight. We had a motel at 
Amsterdam for the night. We were delayed one and a half hours. 
We arrived at Detroit. Our plane had mechanical failures, so we 
had to wait forty minutes for another plane. Arrived at Harrisburg 
one hour later than scheduled but we got here. PTL. Was so good 
to see my family. Didn't realize how much till I was with them again. 
God was good and I felt I had accomplished most of the things that 
I had gone to do. 

In His service 
Brother Merle Sweitzer 



WORKERS 

Greeting to Everyone from sunny and beautiful Kenya. 

It has really been a blessing to be back in Kenya serving the 
Lord again. It has been good to see the progress on the house. 
The walls are being laid at this time. Since Bro. Ray is building this 
house the way we would in America, we always have people that 
need to stop and see what is going on and ask a lot of questions. It 
will take the mason about four weeks to finish laying all the brick. 

I have heard that there was some interest in volunteers coming 
to help with the construction of the house. Bro. Ray and I have 
discussed a possible time frame. If everything goes according to 
plans, but we are in Africa, so who knows? From around the third 



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week in May there would be work here for around four men (or 
more) to help with building trusses and putting the roof on, plumb- 
ing, electrical. The middle of June a mason could help with plaster- 
ing all the inside walls and possibly pointing the brick on the out- 
side. Late June on into July and more if needed there would be the 
need for ceiling installed and tile on the floor, painting walls and all 
the rest of finishing up work on a house. 

This is an overall summary of the work that is available for some- 
one that may be interested. The time frame could change due to 
any number of circumstances. 

if anyone is interested in giving some time, here are the steps 
that would need to be taken. Please contact either Bro. Merle 
Sweitzer at mandcswtzer@juno.com or Bro. Ray Noecker at 
dbchurch@africaonline.co.ke for further information. A passport is 
needed to travel out of the country. The form is available at your 
local or state court house. There are also some vaccinations that 
are recommended. We can share these with you when you con- 
tact us. The cost of tickets varies from $1 ,200 to $1 ,600 per per- 
son depending when you would come and also the area from which 
you would leave. I would recommend between two to three week 
stay so that you become accustomed to the altitude and have a 
little time to see some of Kenya first hand. Also be ready to share 
with the teaching and the preaching as the people here are eager 
to listen to someone new. 



In His service, 
Brother Merle Sweitzer 



A PLACE FOR ME 

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also 
in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so I 
would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if l go to 
prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto 
myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:1-2. 

Yes, I shall soon be landed 
On yonder shores of bliss. 



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There, with my powers expanded, 
Shall dwell where Jesus is. 

Yes, I shall soon be seated 
With Jesus on his throne 
My foes be all defeated, 
And sacred peace made known. 

With Father, Son, and Spirit, 
I shall forever reign. 
Sweet joy and peace inherit, 
And every good obtain. 

I soon shail reach the harbor, 
To which I speed my way, 
Shall cease from all my labor, 

And there for ever stay. 

that in Jordan's swelling 

1 may be helped to sing, 
And pass the river, telling 
The triumphs of my King. 

-Gadsbye Hymnal #483 

When I was sixteen years old I discovered a Book that was 
written for me many hundreds of years ago. I read that book for 
three years, then I met the author of the Book. How ; you ask, can 
you meet the author of a Book that is hundreds, even thousands, 
of years old? You can when the author is God. When I picked up 
that marvelous Book I read how that God had a Son whom He was 
willing to send to earth to die so that the whole world could live. I 
read John 3:16 and put in my name. 

We remember reading about the prodigal son, who went to a 



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strange land and wasted his inheritance in riotous iiving. That was 
me. We read about Heaven and how Jesus is preparing a place for 
us: a place for me. Do I deserve it? The answer is no. The prodigal 
son deserved nothing from his father when he returned home, yet 
hi s father lo v ed him . God loves us and is willing to accept us back 
if we are willing to come to Him in faith, forsaking our sins and 
embracing Christ as our Saviour because He paid the price and 
became the sacrifice. Do we think about that place He is building 
for us? Maybe the older folks do, but all of us should. It will surely 
be greater than anything on this old earth. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 1 7073 

DID JESUS RISE FROM THE DEAD? 

by Randy Chase 

The bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead, if true, establishes 
the following facts: 

1 . The existence of God who raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 
13:30, 31). 

2. The credibility of all of Jesus : miracles and claims to be the 
Son of God (John 5:17-19, Romans 1:4), the Jewish Mes- 
siah (John 2: 1 8-22, 4:25-26), and His ability to forgive men's 
sins against God (Mark 2:5-10). 

3. The existence of life after death. 

4. The future bodily resurrection of all people to heaven or hell 
(Matthew 25:31-34, 41 , Acts 17:31), 

5. That Jesus : resurrected body is a type and a first-fruit of the 
resurrected body that a believer in Him will have eternally in 
heaven (I Corinthians 15:20, I John 3:2). 

There are five types of evidence for Jesus' bodily resurrection from 
the dead. These are: 

I. The testimony of the New Testament. 

II. The testimony of ancient Christian writers. 



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III. The testimony of the 1st century Jewish historian Josephus. 

IV. The testimony of the 2nd century pagan Roman historian 
Phlegon. 

V. The testimony of scholars of the modern era. 

I. The testimony of the New Testament. 

That the New Testament (NT.) is a generally reliable source for 
Jesus (which for the most part is denied by the Jesus Seminar) is 
attested to by the Biblical scholar Dr. Josh McDowell, the classical 
and NT. scholar Dr. R F. Bruce, the philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler, 
and the historian Dr, John Montgomery. 

Dr. Montgomery (Ph.D. in History), says, ' : What then, does a 
historian know about Jesus Christ? He knows first and foremost 
that the NT. documents [writings] can be relied upon to give an 
accurate portrait of Him." He also says, 'To be skeptical of the 
resultant text [copies] of the NT. is to allow all of the classical antiq- 
uity [the writings of the Greeks and Romans - such as Plato and 
Aristotle] to slip into obscurity, for no documents of the ancient pe- 
riod [before 476 A.D.] are as well attested bibliographically [from 
written sources] as [is] the NT." 

Some examples of the bibliographical attestation to the NT. 
are Bishop Clement of Rome (35-1 00 A.D.) - who knew the apostle 
Paul (Phil. 4:3), Bishop Ignatius (50-1 15) - who knew the apostle 
John, and Bishop Polycrap (70-155) - who also knew the apostle 
John. Altogether, they quote from seventeen NT. books, including 
Matthew, Luke, Acts, Romans, and I Corinthians - which Clement 
attributes to Paul. Also, Bishop Papias (60-1 30) - who knew some 
of the associates of the apostles, mentions Matthew and Mark as 
having written their gospels, and that the source for Mark's gospel 
was the apostle Peter (see also I Peter 5:13). Lastly, the Christian 
Biblical scholar Irenaeus (125-195) - who was taught by Polycarp, 
quotes from and attributes the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, 
and John. He also quotes from and attributes the Book of Acts to 
Luke - who knew the apostles (Luke 1:1-4) - (The Ante-Nicene 
Fathers. Vol.1). 

The evidence for Christ's crucifixion, death, and bodily resurrection 
from the NT. is as follows: 



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1 . The four gospel writers - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. 

2. The apostle Peter when speaking to the men of Israel at 
Jerusalem (Acts 2:22-24, 31-32; 3:15), and when he spoke to the 
Roman centurion Cornelius (Acts 10:39-41). Here Peter says in 
verses 39-41 , "And we [the apostles] are witnesses of all the things 
which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. And 
they also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. [But] God 
raised Him up on the third day, and granted that He should be- 
come visible. ..to us, who ate and drank with Him after He arose 
from the dead.' ! That we can believe Peter here is attested by his 
claim in 2 Peter 1:16. Here he says, Tor we [the apostles-such as 
Matthew and John] have not followed cunningly devised myths, 
when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty." 

3. The apostle Paul when speaking to the pagan philosophers 
at Athens (Acts 17:31), and when he wrote to the church at Corinth. 
In I Corinthians 15:1-7, he says that Christ was seen after He arose 
from the dead by Cephas (Peter), by James (Christ's brother), by 
the twelve apostles, and by over 500 brethren at one time - most of 
whom he says were still alive when he wrote to them at about 56 
A.Q 

II. The testimony of ancient Christian writers. 

That Christ was crucified, died, and was raised bodily from the 
dead was a common belief among all the ancient Christian writers. 
Some of these men are Clement of Rome, Ignatius, Polycrap, 
Papias, Irenaeus, the philosopher Justin Martyr (100-165), the his- 
torian Theophilus (c.180), the judicial scholar Tertullian (160-225), 
the philosopher Clement of Alexandria (c.200), the historian Julius 
Africanus (160-240), the Biblical scholar Origen (185-255), the 
church historian Eusebius (260-340), and the Biblical scholars 
Jerome (c.400), Augustine (c.400), and John Chrysostom (c.400). 

111. The testimony of the 1st century Jewish historian Josephus. 

Josephus (37-100), says that after Christ's crucifixion under 
Pilate, "[H]e appeared to them [the apostles] alive on the third day..." 
(Antiquities of the Jews, 18.3.3). That Josephus actually said this 
(and other things) about Christ is attested to by Eusebius (The 



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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1 , pp. 97-98). 

IV. The testimony of the 2nd century pagan Roman historian 

Phlegon. 

Phlegon (90-150), as quoted by Origen, says, : 'Jesus... arose 
after [H]is death : and exhibited the marks of [H]is punishment, and 
showed how [H]is hands had been pierced by nails 1 ' (The Ante- 
Nicene Fathers, Voi. 4, p.455). 

V. The testimony of scholars of the modern era. 

There have been thousands of scholars of the modern era 
(since the 16th century) who have believed in Christ's crucifixions, 
death, and bodily resurrection. Some examples of these scholars 

are: 

1. Dr. Thomas Arnold (1792-1842), was an Oxford history profes- 
sor who wrote a three-volume History of Rome. He regarded 
Christ's death and bodily resurrection as the best-established 
fact of history. 

2. Dr. Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853), was a Harvard law professor. 
He regarded Christ's death and bodily resurrection as an his- 
torical fact. 

3. Frank Morison, a lawyer, at first regarded Christ's bodily resur- 
rection as a myth. However, after he studied the evidence for 
Christ's bodily resurrection, he changed his mind and wrote a 
book in defense of Christ's bodily resurrection called, Who Moved 
The Stone? 

4. Dr. Gary Habermas, a philosopher, wrote on Christ's crucifixion, 
death, and bodily resurrection as an historical fact in his book, 
Did Jesus Rise From The Dead? 

5. Dr. Paul Maier, a professor of ancient history wrote on Christ's 
crucifixion, death, and bodily resurrection as an historical fact in 
his book, In the Fulness of Time. 

6. Dr. Pinchas Lapide, an Orthodox Jewish Biblical scholar, wrote 
on Christ's crucifixion, death, and bodily resurrection as an his- 
torical fact in his book, The Resurrection of Jesus: A Jewish Per- 
spective. 



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7. Robert Faid, a scientist and a former agnostic, wrote on Christ's 
crucifixion, death, and bodily resurrection as an historical fact in 
his book, A Scientific Approach to Christianity. 

8. Randy Chase, a Biblical scholar and the author of this tract, says, 
"There is more historical evidence for Christ's crucifixion, death, 
and bodily resurrection than there is for nearly all the other events 
of ancient history. 1 ' 

In light of the evidence for the bodily resurrection of Jesus from 
the dead one would be wise to take heed to Him when He said, 
:, And this is the will of Him [God] that sent me, that everyone which 
seeth the Son [Jesus], and believeth on Him, may have everlasting 
life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:40). 

Selected 

MEMO FROM GOD 

To:YOU 
Date: TODAY 
From: THE BOSS 
Subject YOURSELF 

Reference: LIFE 

I am God. Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please 
remember that I do not need your help. 

If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot 
handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD 
(something for God to do) box. All situations will be resolved, but in 
My time, not yours. 

Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by 
worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that 
are present in your life now. 

If you find yourself stuck in traffic; Don't despair. There are 
people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege. 

Should you have a bad day at work; Think of the man who has 

been out of work for years. 



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Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; Think of the 
person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in 
return. 

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; Think of 
the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days 
a week to feed her children. 

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from as- 
sistance;Think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to 
take that walk. 

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; Think of the 
cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine. 

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all 
about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those 

who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity. 

Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, 
ignorance, smallness or insecurities: Remember, things could be 
worse. You could be one of them. 

Selected 



A NEW FORM OF PIETISM 

"In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that 
which was right in his own eyes." Judges 21 :25. 

"Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like- 
minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may 
with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our 
Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:5-6. 

Unlike most of the Anabaptist groups, the Brethren have from 
the beginning accepted Pietism as part of our belief system. Pietism 
acknowledges that each individual must have a personal experi- 
ence with the Lord Jesus Christ. It also acknowledges that per- 
sona! decisions must be personal convictions rather than merely 
being a group decision. We were not the only group to accept this 
theological understanding. What made us unique was that we com- 
bined Pietism with the Anabaptist faith. 



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There is a new type of Pietism that has invaded our Brethren 
faith. Like Israel in the time of the Judges every man desires to do 
that which is right in his own eyes. Rules and regulations are un- 
derstood to be, for the most part, a type of legalistic attempt to 
control the iives of members. Those who would contend for the old 
ways are seen, all too often, as a type of Pharisee or legalistic Jew 
which caused havoc in the New Testament Church. 

How does the Bible view this issue? Are a large segment of the 
radio and television preachers correct? Is it wrong to put forth 
standards and guidelines for members to follow? 

Our verses taken from the book of Romans speaks of a God of 
patience. We believe this is an example for the Church. We should 
be very careful when we find fault with one another that it is not 
merely a personal desire rather than a biblical conviction. On the 
other hand, if our actions run counter to a group decision we may 
be practicing a new form of Pietism. A very difficult part of this 
discussion is when the majority decides to change what was once 
considered to be correct. 

The verses also speak of a God of consolation. The meaning 
of consolation is to comfort. It should be our desire to bring peace 
and joy into the body of Christ rather than fighting and anger. Our 
love for one another is to surpass that of the world. When one is 
hurting physically, mentally or spiritually we should be a spiritual 
balm. 

We are to be like minded one toward another according to Jesus 
Christ. What was the example Jesus gave us in this area? While 
He was always loving and kind towards His followers, he gave them 
expectations beyond that of the popular religious groups of His 
time on Earth. Contrary to modern popular teaching, Jesus Christ 
was never easy on sinful practices. He upheld the moral com- 
mands of the Old Testament and added to them. He never preached 
or taught an easy way to Heaven. The modern thinking that dis- 
cipleship is optional was foreign to His teaching. 

We are to glorify God with one mind. This does not sound to us 
like the popular teaching that we can think differently on a subject 
and yet be one. Yes, there may be times that an individual may 



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have to "stand alone" for what they believe. But this can only be 
true when a group decision runs counter to Scriptural teaching. 

We are also to glorify God with one mouth. When an individual 
decides that the majority of Christianity is correct to make the prayer 
covering optional or even unnecessary are we still speaking with 
one mouth? It can be argued that God desires that all Christians 
are to be One. This is certainly true. But God never desires that 
His children be disobedient to His Holy Word. What about practices 
not mentioned in Holy Scripture? The first to come to mind is our 
plain dress. Is this not one way to glorify God both with one mind 
and one mouth? When part of the body accepts theistic evolution 
while the other part contends for a literal six day Creation are we 
speaking with one mouth? 

In conclusion, over the years the Brethren have recognized the 
need for personal conviction in various areas. Group decisions 
have changed some practices. We do not view this as wrong. But 
the new form of Pietism seems to go beyond this. May our desire 

be to glorify God and follow Christ in all our actions. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

BIBLE STORIES 

THE MASTER OF WIND AND SEA 

Mark 4:35-41 

One day as Jesus was teaching the people by the Sea of Gali- 
lee there were so many people that he sat in a boat a little way out 
in the water close to the shore. As evening drew near He said to 
His disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." The 
disciples then sent the people away because Jesus needed to rest. 
Tired out, Jesus lay down in the back of the boat with His head on 
a pillow and was soon fast asleep. 

It was a beautiful evening and other boats were going across 
the lake, too - no doubt filled with people who wanted to follow 
Jesus wherever He might go. The sun went down, the stars came 



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out, and a gentle breeze filled the sails, carrying all the boats to- 
ward the land of the Gadarenes. 

Suddenly, the weather changed, even as it does on Galilee 
today A sudden storm swept down the mountains turning the 
peaceful lake into a wild and dangerous sea. Lightning flashed. 
Thunder roared. The wind became a hurricane making great waves 
that swept over the boats filling them with water. So hard was the 
storm that even Peter, James, John and the other disciples were 
frightened, and they had fished in the lake since they were boys. 
This was the worst storm they had ever seen. They felt sure the 
boat would sink. 

Then they remembered Jesus - Jesus who could do anything! 
He was still asleep; the terrific storm had not even wakened Him! 

The disciples didn't want to disturb the Master, but as the water 
rose higher in the boat and all hope was gone, they felt they could 
stand it no longer. Shouting above the noise of the gale, one of 
them said, "Master, don't you care that we perish?" 

Jesus stood up in the water that was splashing in the boat. 
Looking around at the dark and angry sky and fearful waves, He 
said to the sea, "Peace, be still." Suddenly there was a great calm 
and the wind stopped blowing. And Jesus said unto His disciples, 
"Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" 

And the disciples were very much afraid and said one to an- 
other, "What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea 

obey Him?" 

What a wonderful Saviour we have! Don't you think so? 

Brother Rudy Cover 

THE DANGER OF PROCRASTINATION 

Harold S. Martin 

The Bible says that all of us have sinned and all deserve pun- 
ishment (Romans 3:23; 6:23), but it also assures us that Jesus 
Christ has died to pay the penalty incurred by our sins (Romans 
3:24-25). Those who accept this message of Good News receive 



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complete pardon when they believe the Gospel, repent of their sins, 
and identify with God's people in Christian baptism (Acts 2:38; Mark 
16:16). But many people procrastinate when it comes to the act of 
putting off until a future time; it means to habitually postpone. There 
are four urgent, pressing reasons why no person should ever say 
"Tomorrow 1 ' or "Sometime later" when faced with a decision about 
preparation for the life to come. 

1. THE HOLY SPIRIT CALLS TODAY 

The message of the Holy Spirit to every last soul is "Be saved 
today" The devil says, "Wait and put if off until tomorrow." God 
says, "Come and come right now." The Bible says, 'Today if you 

hear his voice, harden not your hearts" (Hebrews 3:15). 

One thing sure— the day of grace is still open for each one 
reading this message. The Saviour pleads with individuals to come 
to Him now. God's Holy Spirit calls now. The Spirit of God seeks 
people who are lost and convicts them, and warns them, and strives 
with them— in order that they might be saved. But remember that 
God's Spirit will not always call. He may not call tomorrow. The 
Bible says, "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found; call ye upon 
him while he is near" (Isaiah 55:6). And in another place, God 
says, "My Spirit shall not always strive with man" (Genesis 6:3). 
This flatly says that God may not always call. 

Aaron Burr was the third vice-president of the United States. 
He was a brilliant student at Princeton University at age nineteen. 
A revival broke out on campus in those days, and Aaron was deeply 
convicted. He went to one of his teachers and told him his di- 
lemma. The teacher gave him a Bible and told him to go back to 
his room and settle the matter with God on his knees. Aaron tried 
to shake off the conviction. He went back to his room all right, but 
in desperation he cried out, "God, if you let me alone, I'll promise to 
let you alone." And later Aaron said it was at that moment that all 
conviction left him. Years later, a good friend tried to introduce him 
to the Saviour, but the cold sweat poured out of his forehead as he 
recounted to his friend how at the age of nineteen he had asked 
God to let him alone. It was then that he said, "I never had one 
slight feeling ever since that I should become a child of God." 

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get ready. But the fact is that you'll get saved when the Spirit of 
God draws, and if He has called you for the last time, you'll never 
get saved. The poet says, "There's a line that is drawn by rejecting 

the Lord, where the call of the Spirit is lost; as you hurry along with 
the pleasure-mad throng : have you counted, have you counted 
the cost?" To say "yes" to Jesus means life; to say "no" means 
death. God Almighty draws a deadline across every sinner's path. 
On one side there's hope; on the other side there's death! The 
Holy Spirit calls today, and if you trifle with the calf of the Spirit, He 
may never strive with you again. 

2. THE HEART CONSTANTLY GETS HARDER 

The heart of every man and woman and boy and girl becomes 
more and more hardened every time he puts off the Gospel invita- 
tion. The Bible says, "Exhort one another daily, while it is called 
today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of 
sin" (Hebrews 3:13). 

The hardening of the heart is one of the most terrible calami- 
ties that can come upon the lost sinner on this side of eternal de- 
struction in Hell. One reason why the great majority of those who 
are saved have been saved in childhood and youth, is simply be- 
cause the child has the advantage of a tender heart. The child has 
a tender conscience that grieves over sin. The child is easily moved 
by the fear of punishment. The child knows that it is dangerous to 
go on in sin. But one who continues in sin, and ignores the call of 
the Spirit of God, will find that his heart becomes calloused and 
hardened and accustomed to sin. 

Every brazen infidel was once a tender-hearted child who may 
have trembled at the very thought of his sin, but delay over the 
years has hardened his heart. Every drunkard was once a pure 
and innocent child, likely beloved by his parents, and promising for 
the future. Every painted prostitute was once a sweet-faced little 
girl (precious and gentle), with holy possibilities, but now the pass- 
ing days of unrebuked sin in her life have led to an indifference 
about holy matters. 

Oh, the danger of a hardened heart! That innocent little child 
born into the world with bright eyes, happy smiles, and a sweet 



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disposition— gradually becomes hardened by the deceitfulness of 
sin. And each day he puts off the call of the Spirit, there is less and 
less concern for the things of God, and more and more concern for 
the things of the world— and the heart becomes more and more 
hardened. If you are reading this message, and you are past twenty 
years of age— your chances for getting saved are growing smaller 
indeed. Five-sixth of all decisions for Christ are made before twenty 
and only about one out of a thousand becomes a child of God after 
reaching the age of thirty. It is not impossible to be saved in an old 
age, but it is unusual. God can save regardless of age. If you are 
a hardened sinner, a drunkard in the gutter a prostitute, a church 
member who has gone back on God, a basically good person but 
uncommitted to Christ— remember that Jesus died for you and now 
He wants you to live for Him. There is a new life of joy awaiting you, 
but you have to give Jesus the consent of your will. The longer you 
wait to give your heart to Jesus, the more difficult the decision will 
become. The heart becomes a little more calloused every time 
you say "no" to Jesus. 

3. THE GROWING NEARNESS OF CHRIST'S COMING 

There is not a single event prophesied in the Bible which must 
come to pass before Jesus returns. Not another war needs to be 
declared. Not another sermon needs to be preached. Not another 
prophecy needs to be fulfilled. As far as can be told from the Scrip- 
tures, Jesus may come at any moment to catch up His Bride (the 
Church). It is true that many don't believe He is coming back, but 
the fact still remains that each passing day brings us one day closer 
to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The angels said at the time 
of His ascension, "This same Jesus who is taken up from you, shall 
so come again." 

There will be a resurrection when Christ returns. The bodies of 
those who sleep in Jesus, will rise from their graves and then those 
who are alive (in Christ) will be "caught up together with them" (I 
Thessalonians 4:17). Those who are unsaved will be left behind 
here on earth when Jesus comes. They will go into a time of trouble 
and sorrow such as this world has never seen before nor will ever 
see again (Matthew 24:21). Oniy God knows the misery and the 
agony of those awful days. People will desire to die, but death will 



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flee from them. An unknown poet says: 

When the great plants of our cities, 

Shall have turned out their last finished work 

And the merchants have sold their last order 

And dismissed every last tired clerk; 

When the banks have raked in their last dollar, 

And have paid out their last dividend; 

When the Judge of the earth says, "Closed for the night," 

And calls for a balance — what then? 

God's timetable is set. The hour is getting late. Your chances of 
ever getting saved are growing fainter with the benediction of ev- 
ery Gospel service. Jesus may return at any moment — and this is 
another urgent, pressing reason why you should not spend an- 
other day apart from simple faith in Jesus Christ. 

4.THE UNCERTAINTY OF LIFE/THE CERTAINTY OF DEATH 

The Bible says, "Come now, ye that say today or tomorrow we 
will go into such a city and continue there a year, and buy and sell 
and get gain; whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow; 
for what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time 
and then vanishes away" (James 4:13-14). It is silly for any person 
to say that he knows what will happen tomorrow. How do you know 
you'll get home safely on your next trip. One person dies every 
second and your turn may be coming very soon. The death-angel 
might well appear to you before this day is completed and say, 
"Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee." 

Time flies by very rapidly It seems but yesterday that I was a 
child, walking barefooted through the fields with the carefree aban- 
don of childhood. Then came youth with its mingled joys, and then 
I suddenly crossed the bridge into adulthood, and the time seems 
to have gone so fast that I still often have trouble getting myself to 
believe that I've grown up and that I've become an adult. And the 
years seem to move with increasing speed as I plunge toward old 
age. 

The Bible says, "As for man, his days are as grass, as a flower 
of the field;. ..the wind passeth over it, and it is gone" (Psalm 103:15). 



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Your life— which seems so well established and so important to- 
day—is really only like a fragile blade of grass. You may boast of 
your good health and your long years of sound life, but every one 
of us has an inescapable appointment with death. Your body, which 
today is active and energetic, will someday become cold and still. 
Your strength and your voice and your senses will be gone forever! 
Your physical frame will disintegrate and return to the dust of the 
earth! I beg you to set your house in order today so that you'll be 
prepared for that moment when you breathe your last mortal breath. 
There's no tomorrow-salvation with God. The Bible says, "Come 
now and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be 
as scarlet, they shall be white as snow" (Isaiah 1:18). God wants to 
reason with you about your salvation, and He wants to do it to- 
day—because tomorrow may be too late. 

If you are not a child of God today, there is likely only one thing 
standing in your way. I don't know what it is. It may be intellectual 
pride, some seifish ambition, or some worldly pleasure. But what- 
ever it is, you are right now at the place where the road parts. You 
are going to make a choice today. You will either choose for Jesus, 
or against Him. He stands ready to inscribe your name in the Book 
of Life if you'll only call on Him. Today you still have a chance. 
Don't throw it away. Won't you hear His voice, and turn to Him, and 
live eternally in His presence. 

Note: Additional copies of this tract sent free on request. Ask 
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OBITUARY 

REBECCA MILLER 
Sis. Rebecca "Becky" Louise Miller was born June 1 0, 1 948, to 
Stanley Lester and Norma Susanna (Keller) Funk at Iowa Method- 
ist Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa. She passed away of liver cancer at 
the age of 53 years, 8 months, and 27 days at her home in rural 
Quinter, Kansas on Saturday, March 9, 2002. 



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Becky was a 1967 graduate of Dallas Center (Iowa) High School 
and went on to pursue a career in nursing and graduated as a 
Licensed Practical Nurse in 1968. She was baptized August 17, 
1968, into the Dunkard Brethren Church. She remained a faithful 
member of the Quinter Dunkard Brethren Church until her death. 

On September 12, 1969, Becky was united in marriage to 
Wayne Cecil Miller at Dallas Center, Iowa. They made their home 
in rural Gove County Kansas for thirty-two years and six months. 
To this union were born two sons, Wesley Levi and Matthew Wayne. 

Becky had health problems from early childhood. Throughout 
her life she was blessed with periods of radiant health. One of her 
joys, when she had any extra energy, was working in health care at 
Gove County Medical Center in Quinter. She worked there off and 
on for more than twenty-five years. 

She is survived by her loving husband Wayne; sons Wesley 
and his wife Michele, and Matthew; grandchildren Taylor and Ashley 
ail of Quinter, Kansas; her mother Norma Funk of Dallas Center, 
Iowa; four sisters, Mary Sue Moss, Laura Hawbaker, Eva Keller all 
of Dallas Center, Iowa and Janet Dietz of York, Pennsylvania; four 
brothers, Wayne Funk of Bradford, Ohio, Philip, Kevin, and Ben- 
jamin Funk all of rural Dallas Center, Iowa; and numerous nieces, 
nephews, friends, and neighbors. She was preceded in death by 
her father, Stanley Funk. 

Becky will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends for 
many years to come. 

FINALLY HOME 

Just think of stepping on shore and finding it Heaven! 
Of touching a hand and finding it God's! 
Of breathing new air and finding it Celestial! 
Of waking up in Glory and finding it home! 

-L. E. Singer 

(Becky had this penned in the back of her Bible prior to her sick- 
ness) 

Funeral Services were held March 12, 2002, at 10:00 A.M. in 
the Quinter Dunkard Brethren Church. Officiating ministers were 



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Elder Gordon Jamison, Brother Kevin Funk and Elder Herman 
Jamison. Brother Len Wertz officiated at the graveside. Burial was 
in the Quinter cemetery in Quinter, Kansas. The family would like 
to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, prayers and support 
that we have received through this difficult time we've been facing. 
It is such a blessing to belong to the family of God! May God bless 
each and every one of you. Please continue to uphold us in prayer. 
In life we loved you dearly, 
In death we do the same. 
It broke our heart's to lose you, 

You did not go alone; 

For part of us went with you, 

The day God called you home. 

You left us peaceful memories, 

Your love is still our guide; 

And though we cannot see you, 

You are always at our side. 

Our family chain is broken 

And nothing seems the same, 

But as God calls us one by one ... 

The chain will link again. 

The Family 

NEWS ITEMS 

HART, MICHIGAN 

The Lord willing, the Hart Congregation is looking forward to 
Revival Services, July 12 through July 21, 2002. Bro. Fred Piferof 
Dallas Center, Iowa will be the evangelist. Lovefeast Service will 
begin Saturday 1 1:00 A.M. Examination service at 2:00 P.M. and 
Lovefeast at 7:00 P.M. 

Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the fellowship. Come 
praying that souls may be touched and strengthened in these last 
days. 

Sister Anna M. Powell, Cor. 



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WANTED — OLD BIBLE MONITORS 

I am wanting to complete my set of Bible Monitors since its 
original beginning. 

Would anyone have the years 1922 through the year 1931, 
1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940 and 1941? 

They would be much appreciated. 

Mrs. Glen Frick 
13787 WinterstownRd. 
Felton, PA 17322 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JUNE 2002 

June 2 - A More Excellent Way - 1 Cor. 13:1-13 

1 . There are many things we do that appear very good, but 
what becomes the true test of love? 

2. When we see Jesus face to face, and faith and hope are 
at an end, how will charity appear in it's perfected state? 

June 9 - Prophecy and Tongues - 1 Cor. 14:1-19 

1 . Explain what it means to prophesy and how that can edify 
the church. 

2, Explain what it means to speak in tongues, and is it use- 
ful for us today? 

June 16 - FATHER : S DAY - Genesis 33 

1 . How is a father to view his children according to verse 5? 

2. If a father trains his children well, how can they become 
a great blessing to others? 

June 23 - Let All Things Be Done for Edification - 1 Cor. 14:20-40 

1 . If tongues are used in an assembly, what are the guide- 
lines to ensure their usefulness? 

2. What role do women play in the church? 



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June 30 -The Kerygma - I Cor. 15:1-11 

1 . What message must be at the core of all our preaching? 

2. Was it important that all the apostles and many others 
saw Christ after the resurrection? 

YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JUNE 2002 

June 2 - Soldiers - Eph. 6:13-18, I Thess. 5:4-1 1 , II Tim. 2:1-4 

1 . What will happen if any piece of the armor is missing? 

2. Why must we endure hardness as Christians? 
June 9 - Our Principles - I Peter 2:1-25 

1. If we as Christians are members of a chosen generation, 
why must we become as pilgrims and strangers, abstain- 
ing from many of the things others do? 

2. How important is it to be subject to those in authority? 

June 16 - FATHER'S DAY - Mark 9:14-27, Luke 8:41-42, 8:49-56 

1 . Is it possible for children growing up in a Christian home to 
become demon possessed? What should the father do? 

2. We usually depend on modern medicine to treat illnesses, 
but would it be better for a father to lay hands on his 

children and pray to heal them? 

June 23 - Consistency - Phil. 1:25-30, I Thess. 4:9-12, I Tim. 3:7, 
James 3:12-18, II Peter 3:1 1-14 

1 . How much does the worfd examine the fruit of our lives 
to see if it matches the words of our testimony? 

2. How does a spirit of love, peace, gentleness, and mercy, 
become so convincing to the unbeliever? 

June 30 - Liberty - I Cor. 8:1-13, Romans 14:1-13 

1 . Define what is liberty in Jesus Christ. 

2. Have you ever felt that your liberty is being judged by 
another person's conscience? Is that person wrong? 



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BOARD COTRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison. Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter. KS 67752 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
21397-CountyRoadB50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McC!ave.CO81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1 734 240th Street 
ArJeUA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2270 Co.Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

Paui Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood. OH 45322 

Marl in Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Slump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Ronald Marks, Secretary 
1 813 N. 136th Avenue 
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Fred O. Pifer. Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 1 7322 

RayStuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
257S County Road 20-2 
Archibald, OH 43502 

Mariin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17355 

Phil Franklin 

1 520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95350 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
1 2409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers. Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-3028 

Lloyd Lorenz, Treasurer 
3949 S 100 E 
Peru, IN 44970 
(576) 473-5045 

Gordon Jamison 
R 1 Box 1 36 
Quinter, KS 67752 
(785) 754-3639 



Paul Nell 

7298 Woodland Drive 

Spring Grove, PA 17362 

(717)225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Sktles. Superintendent 

HCR79.Box8 

Cuba, NM 8701 3 

Hayes Reed. Chairman 
1433 O verho I tzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers. Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Mariin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Larry Andrews 

1 2306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Phil Franklin, Secretary 
1520 Brannon Ave. 
Modesto, CA 95350 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

RayR.Reed 
302 Percival 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXX 



JUNE 2002 



NO. 6 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 






SON OF MY SOUL 

How vain is all beneath the skies! 
How transient ev'ry earthly bliss! 
How slender all the fondest ties 
That bind us to a world like this! 

The evening cloud, the morning dew, 
The with'ring grass, the fading flow'r, 
Of earthly hopes are emblems true, 
The glory of a passing hour. 

But tho' earth's fairest blossoms die, 
And all beneath the skies is vain, 
There is a brighter world on high, 
Beyond the reach of care and pain. 



Then let the hope of joys to come 
Dispel your cares, and chase our fears; 
If God be ours, we're trav'ling home, 
Tho' passing thro' a vale of tears. 
-Unknown 



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A PEOPLE OF INTEGRITY 

Would Job's integrity survive as Satan's efforts against him in- 
tensified? God permitted Satan to inflict Job with boils from head 
to toe. As his suffering increased, would he retain his integrity? 
His first losses were material losses; his wealth was depleted as his 
animals were stolen or killed. The next wave of attack was one of 
sorrow as his children were taken from him. The last area of attack 
was his body. Satan had boasted that for personal health Job would 
give up his integrity. Satan expected Job to yield when his body 
was afflicted. Satan said that an individual would do anything to 
gain relief from suffering. Would Job meet this challenge? 

One of Job's greatest challenges was his wife's suggestion. She 
saw his great suffering. She told him that he should curse God and 
die. This did not please Job. He would not turn from God, even 
though the circumstances of his life had changed so dramatically. 
He realized that his wife, in her sorrow for their family, and her 
anguish over the depth of his suffering, wanted to offer him the 
solace of death as an escape. Just as he had met the losses from 
Satan's first trial, so he met this harsher trial with the same deter- 
mination. 

Job's friends proved to be poor comforters. They could only 
see the outward circumstances. They were sure they could diag- 
nose why he suffered. They were sure these circumstances came 
from some great sin that Job had committed. Job would not admit 

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to this. While he did not know what God had permitted Satan to do 
to him, he knew it was not the result of flagrant, continual sin. They 
continued to accuse him and he stoutly maintained his innocence. 
He would not yield his integrity Neither Satan, nor his wife, nor his 
friends were able to dissuade Job from his faith and integrity. 

During Israel's history, not all were men of integrity. The sons 
of Eli were the priests. The expectation is the priests would wor- 
ship God and seek the well-being of those whom they serve. Eli's 
sons, Hophni and Phineas, were only interested in what they could 
gain for themselves. They were declared to be the sons of Baal, 
rather than the sons of God. When worshippers came to offer a 
sacrifice, instead of the priests offering the meat in accordance 
with the Law, they took what they wanted. The priests were to 
receive a certain part of the offered animal, certain parts were to 
be offered, and the rest returned to the worshipper. These priests 
took the best parts, which they boiled instead of burning. They 
were not men of integrity They were seeking profit from their posi- 
tion. 

These extremes in Israel point out the necessity of Christians 
being people of integrity. As the blood-bought children of God, our 
lives must be lived on a level above the world around us. We must 
be people of integrity. That integrity involves being faithful to God 
in the midst of a crooked and perverse world. It involves being 
truthful and honest in our dealings in a society that often values the 
bottom line above righteousness. We must be true, in our relation- 
ships. Whether it is a romantic relationship that leads to marriage 
or a friendship that needs constant care, there is a need for integ- 
rity. 

Most of all, we need integrity in our Spiritual relationships. We 
need to realize we all are part of God's Family; therefore we need 
to deal with each other in an open and honest way. Although we 
may disagree, we need to divorce our disagreements from our 
seeking the best for each other. To encourage each other, we need 
to build up each other, rather than always seeking to punish or 
change another. We can not encourage that which is against God's 
Word, neither can we shut up our bowels of compassion for each 
other. 



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To be a people of integrity, we need to be sure that our view of 
Biblical teaching is the Bible's teaching and not just our interpreta- 
tion of the Bible's teaching. We need to use methods of teaching 
and sharing that will convey the Word to others. 

Our integrity demands a strict honesty in our dealing with oth- 
ers, whether in material, physical or Spiritual things. We must not 
measure ourselves with the world's level of honesty, for it takes 
little effort to meet that standard. We must measure ourselves by 
the standard of the Word of God. 

We need to have integrity like Job. We do not want to be like 
the sons of Eli, who brought disrepute upon Israel, if we live only 
by their standards we will bring disrepute upon the Church. Our 
lives convey who we are, either a people of integrity or not. 

Are you a person of integrity in all of your relationships and 
dealings? 

ML Cook 



ACTS 15 

(Please read Acts 15) 

This chapter in Acts describes a conflict that arose within the 
early church. At the heart of the conflict was the basis of salvation. 
Was faith in Christ or adherence to the law going to be the basis by 
which one received salvation? Acts 15 also describes how the 
church reached a decision on this troubling issue. 

As Brethren, we have recognized that there are issues that 
extend beyond our personal or congregational lives that need the 
discernment of the entire Brotherhood. This chapter is seen as the 
basis for our own annual conference and was also read at the be- 
ginning of the Fall 1999 Leadership Conference hosted by the Dal- 
las Center Congregation. We usually look at this chapter primarily 
as the justification for these meetings. However, the focus of this 
article is to examine some of the issues that needed to be resolved, 
the intent behind the decisions, and how they may be applicable in 
our own day and age. 



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It may be difficult for us to comprehend some 1 ,950 years after 
the Jerusalem Council why this issue created such difficulty for the 
early church. This difficulty on our part is a testimony to and a 
vindication of the decisions reached by our spiritual forefathers. 
But for them the implications of their decision had a direct impact 
upon their conception of the church and subsequently their sense 
of identity. Was the church/Christianity a sect of the Jewish faith? 
Had Jesus come to perfect and purify the Law? Could someone 
become a follower of Christ without becoming a Jew first? Was the 
church dependent upon its Jewish heritage or independent of it? 
Those first believers who had known and followed Jesus had to 
struggle with what their identity in Christ really meant. Were they 
Jews who were Christians or Christians who happened to be Jews? 
Their conclusions directly impacted the faith they proclaimed both 
inside and beyond the borders of Israel. 

Most of us are well acquainted with the first decision reached 
at the Jerusalem Council. The basis for salvation could not be 
circumcision and adherence to the Law. With Peter's impassioned 
speech leading the way they recognized the primacy of a faith in 
Christ that begins the process of transforming the heart and life of 
a believer. "And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them wit- 
ness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put 
no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 
Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of 
the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 
But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we 
shall be saved, even as they.' ! Acts 15:8-11. 

In verse 10 Peter makes it clear that any external symbol and 
subsequent adherence to a body of laws as the basis for salvation 
had already failed. In verse 11 Peter actually makes a startling 
statement. He turns the whole argument as to the necessity of the 
Gentiles being circumcised in order to be saved on its head. Rather, 
the only way they, as Jews, can be saved is in the same manner as 
the Gentiles. 

What the Jerusalem Council established here is considered one 
of our major New Testament doctrines. God had been preparing 
them in a variety of ways to come to this understanding through a 



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combination of events. First was Peter's experience with the house- 
hold of Cornelius and the giving of the Holy Spirit to them. This 
event alone established the precedent for such an understanding. 
But it was not until a number of years later with the turning of the 
Gentiles to faith in Christ through the preaching of Paul and 
Barnabas that the necessity for wrestling with this issue came to 
the forefront of the church's awareness. The Jerusalem Council 
simply confirmed what God had already established as the basis 
for salvation through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

But what about the other decisions made by the Jerusalem 
Council that James enumerates? "For it seemed good to the Holy 
Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these 
necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and 
from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from 
which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well." Acts 
15:28-29. What was meant by these four requirements? Why did 
the church require them of the Gentiles? 

We will deal with this list in the reverse order in which they are 
mentioned. Most Bible students are aware that the worship of idols 
often involved sexual activity. Some of the larger temples for wor- 
ship to certain deities had thousands of prostitutes who worked in 
them. Sexual union with a temple prostitute was seen as a reli- 
gious rite with no immorality associated with it. This was a normal 
part of their cultural and religious experience. It was important, 
therefore, to impress upon the minds of the Gentiles the Biblical 
understanding of sexual purity that allows for no sexual relations 
outside the marriage relationship. This theme is presented again 
and again throughout the pages of the New Testament. 

Several verses of scripture may help us understand the next 
two items: abstaining from things strangled and from blood. "But 
flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not 
eat." Genesis 9:4. "And whatsoever man there be of the house of 
Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any 
manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth 
blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of 
the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to 
make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh 
an atonement for the soul." Leviticus 17:10-11. 



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Both prohibitions are concerned with eating or drinking blood. 
Some animals were strangled and the carcasses not butchered for 
a time. The biood would pool in the meat of the animal making the 
meat more tender. Jews could not eat this meat because of the 
prohibition in Leviticus. Even worse for them was the drinking of 
blood, which was done in some of the pagan practices of the Gen- 
tile culture. Since blood represented life its only use was reserved 
for making sacrifices to God. 

The intent of the Jerusalem Council on these two issues was 
not to set down a principle of Jewish belief that the Gentiles must 
now adhere to. Having just renounced reliance upon Jewish Law 
as the basis of a saving relationship with God through Jesus Christ 
they could not now turn around and use that law as the basis for 
these decisions. Rather, their purpose and intent was practical in 
nature. Such behavior on the part of the Gentiie believers would 
be so offensive to the Jewish Christians that it would destroy their 
fellowship together in Christ. Such disunity within the body of Christ 
would make a mockery of their Christian witness to the world around 
them. 

With this purpose in mind we are ready to look at the first pro- 
hibition named by the Jerusalem council which is meat sacrificed 
to idols. Clearly, idolatry is totally inconsistent with any profession 
of faith in Christ. But what about the meat sacrificed to idols and 
then sold in the meat markets? For many Jewish Christians such 
contamination was implied and any partaking of such meat would 
offend their conscience before God. Once again, rather than try- 
ing to label certain behavior as inherently sinful the Jerusalem 
Council was more concerned with the fellowship of Gentile and 
Jewish Christians and removing any possible offensive behavior 
that might tear apart their fellowship. 

We deduce this from the fact that the issue is raised again on 
several occasions within the life of the church. At the time of the 
Jerusalem Council the church had expanded only into the areas of 
Asia Minor. With the continued missionary efforts of Paul and oth- 
ers the church grew into new areas of the Roman Empire. Conse- 
quently, Paul addresses the issue of meat sacrificed to idols in let- 
ters to the churches in Corinth and Rome. 



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Concerning the eating of meat sacrificed to idols he says, "1 
know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing 
unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, 
to him it is unclean." Romans 14:14. "Whatsoever is sold in the 
shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: For 
the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof;' I Cor. 1 0:25-26. In 
reference to idols he says, "As concerning therefore the eating of 
those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that 
an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but 
one." I Cor. 8:4. 

Paul is telling us that idols have no spiritual reality in them- 
selves. Therefore, meat sacrificed to idols has not been contami- 
nated spiritually and is to be received as the fruitfulness of God's 
blessing of the earth. For Paul, the principle at work in the issue of 
eating of meat sacrificed to idols is how the eating of such meat 
might negatively influence fellow believers in their relationship with 
Christ. "Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no 
flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend : ' I 
Cor. 8:13. 

In returning to the decisions of the Jerusalem Council we are 
contending that three of the four items that James mentioned are 
for the purpose of maintaining loving fellowship between believers 
who have convictions that differ from one another. If the Council 
was establishing rules of conduct that believers were always to 
conform to then Paul was guilty of both failing to uphold those stan- 
dards for himself and not teaching others to do the same. On the 
other hand, if Paul correctly understood those decisions and the 
principles that governed them, then he was simply making the ap- 
plication of those principles in the context of the believers to whom 
he was ministering. Certainly Paul, who was present at the Jerusa- 
lem Council, was in a better position to understand the purpose of 
those decisions than are we. 

So how do we make application of these decisions to our own 
circumstances? I think we can safely say that as a church we uni- 
versally uphold the person and the work of Jesus Christ as the only 
way to merit our salvation. We, also, consistently uphold the ex- 
pectation of a morally pure life that includes our sexual behavior as 
part of a normal Christian life. We, also, share a love for the church 



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and a desire to let our lives be lived in a united witness to the world 
around us. But we must be honest and admit that in this last appli- 
cation we sometimes have the most difficulty. As surely as we love 
the Lord we sometimes disagree as to how we ought to walk unit- 
edly in faithfulness to the Lord we love. 

There is plenty of scriptural evidence to suggest that differ- 
ences of opinion are normative in the Christian experience. Most 
of the epistles are full of counsel dealing with a multitude of issues 
that threatened, and continue to threaten, the separation of believ- 
ers. In most cases, issues are resolved in two ways. First in adher- 
ence to consistent Biblical teaching and authority. Second is ad- 
herence to spiritual attitudes that govern our relationships. Sacrifi- 
cial love, modeled in the life of our Lord, is what we must all aspire 
for in our relationships with one another. Such love can help us 
choose to consider the welfare of our brother or sister in Christ 
over our own liberty that we may have in Christ. 

But such love can also bring clarity to issues that divide us. 
There was much dispute at the Jerusalem Council. But it was not 
the desire to dispute that brought Paul and Barnabas to that meet- 
ing. Nor was it a desire to force others to his way of thinking that 
prompted Peter to speak out boldly. They labored for an under- 
standing that has been a gift to the church ever since. The dispute 
actually helped clarify and crystallize an issue that was clouded 
with uncertainty. Instead of separating the church it actually strength- 
ened the bond of Christ between those who had previously been 
separated by culture and experience. The Jerusalem Council 
serves as a model for how brethren can labor together in the midst 
of disputing and find the mind of Christ for the benefit of all. 

Brother Phil Franklin 



IT IS FREE 

Psalm 50:10, Tor every beast of the forest is mine, and the 
cattle upon a thousand hills." 

My Father is rich in houses and lands, 

He holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands. 



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Of rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold, 
His coffers are full, He has riches untold. 

A tent or a cottage, why should I care? 
They're building a palace for me over there! 

Tho' exiled from home, yet sill I may sing: 
All glory to God. I'm the child of a King. 

I'm the child of a King, The child of a King! 

With Jesus, my Savior, I'm, the child of a King, 

The world is full of religions. Most require many things of a 
person, but in the end there is no promise of real peace, or a heaven 
filled with the Glory of God. Though many religions say that heaven 
lies at the end of their journey, what guarantee is there? How can 
a person know for sure if their "religion" is real? The "religions" of 
the world seek to attain, they search for truth, but truth is found in a 
person, Jesus Christ, and true religion is found in the relationship 
between ourselves and the Godhead which Christ established when 
He died and rose again for us. 

It is like the man that traveled the world in search of wealth: he 
came home many years later, tired and old. One day, sitting in his 
back yard, he kicked a stone, and it glittered in the sun. Then it 
struck him, as he examined the stone and discovered that it was a 
diamond. All the years he searched, yet the wealth was right in his 
backyard. This writer grew up in the 1960's, when people ques- 
tioned authority and were looking for real truth. Many traveled to 
the East and embraced Hinduism and Islam, yet many discovered 
that God was here all along. When Jesus was asked when the 
kingdom of God should come, He said, "...The kingdom of God 
cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo 
there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you;' (Luke 17:20- 
21) 

Again, it is like the merchant that Jesus spoke of in Matthew, 
chapter 13, that "...when he had found one pearl of great price, 
went and sold all that he had, and bought it." (Verse 46) We also 
think of the man that came to Jesus and asked, "...Good Master, 



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what good thing shall I do, that ! may have eternal life?" (Matthew 
19:16) Jesus told him to keep the commandments. In verse 20, 
he told Jesus that he had kept them from his youth. Whether this 
was true or not, Jesus knew but he did not dispute it. Jesus said, 
"...If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast and give to the 
poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow 
me." (Verse 21) The young man "...went away sorrowful, for he 
had great possessions." The title of this article is, "It Is Free." In the 
scriptures, salvation is referred to as "the free gift." (Romans, chap- 
ter 5) It costs us nothing to receive it, yet often we may have to lay 
some things aside, things that will get in the way of our salvation. 
You must let go of one thing in order to take hold of another. The 
person who would answer by saying, "I have two hands," is missing 
the point. Just as a snowball, rolling down a hill, takes on size and 
weight, so do our sins if we do not lay them aside. 

When it becomes a relationship it takes on new meaning. I 
John 3:1 says, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath be- 
stowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:..." The 
prodigal son saw his father in a different fight when he came crawl- 
ing back home to be welcomed with open arms. So, too, our sins 
will seem that much more evil to us when we realize how much 
they hurt our Father. Verse two says, "Beloved, now are we the 
sons of God,..." which means now, not "someday" in the future. 
Verse three says, "And every man that hath this hope in him 
purifieth himself, even as he (Jesus) is pure." We do not purify 
ourselves in order to satisfy an earthly creed, but a heavenly Do 
we bring our wife home flowers in order to earn brownie points? 
No, we do it because we love and seek to please her, because we 
are one. Likewise Christ and the church are one. Ephesians 5:23 
says, "Forthe husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the 
head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body." 

So then, what was the purpose of Christ's death? I Peter 3:18 
says, "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the 

unjust, that he might bring us to God,..." In Adam, all sin. In Christ, 
all are made alive. Ephesians 2:1 says, "And you hath he quick- 
ened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;" To be made alive, 
when as Adam's off-spring we were doomed to die, is the blessing 
of all blessings. To see when you were blind all your life; to walk 



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when you were lame all your life: the difference is staggering. To 
have a Heavenly Father who loved us enough to send His only 
begotten son to die for us, and then to reach down and call us, son: 
nothing in this life is more wonderful. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073-9162 



THEY HAD NO COMFORTER 

"So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done 
under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, 
and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors 
there was power, but they had no comforter:' Ecclesiastes 4:1. 

"And I (Jesus) will pray the Father, and he shall give you an- 
other Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the 
Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because itseeth him 
not, neither knoweth him but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, 
and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to 
you. ,: John 14:16-18. 

"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the 
Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us 
in all ourtribulation, thatwe may be able to comfort them which are 
in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are com- 
forted of God." II Corinthians 1:3-4. 

The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes, who was probably 
Solomon, though this is rejected by the majority of modern liberal 
theologians, has a very negative message to share, Ecclesiastes 
can be translated "the preacher." While we see very little virtue in 
preaching mostly "gloom and doom", there is wisdom in acknowl- 
edging the realities of life. The writer recognized the futility of life 
without a comforter. 

There is much oppression in the world in which we live. Tyran- 
nical governments oppress those they rule. The rich often oppress 
the poor. One race sometimes oppresses those of another race. 
The writer of Ecclesiastes saw the tears of those who were op- 



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pressed. We wish to evaluate what our reaction should be towards 
such as these. The sad conclusion that the writer came to was 
these had no comforter. 

There is another type of oppression that we feel must be ad- 
dressed. That is oppression felt by individuals who suffer loss or 
defeat. Unfortunately, many of these are also without a comforter. 

Does the Church have something to offer these individuals? 

Jesus Christ has promised the redeemed another comforter 
that wflf abide with him forever. This was the Holy Spirit who He 
says will dwell with you, and shall be in you. This was fulfilled at 
Pentecost and is now a reality for true believers. Jesus Christ pro- 
claims the Holy Spirit to be the Spirit of truth. Trying to soothe the 
troubled spirit by telling an individual that they do not have a prob- 
lem is not using truth. Jesus also tells us that the world cannot 
receive this Spirit of truth. Many churches today are giving worldly 
answers to the problem of oppression. Their answer to tyrannical 
governments is liberation theology, aiding the oppressed in over- 
throwing such governments. We believe this is in complete opposi- 
tion to the teachings of Jesus. Even many so called peace churches 
have adopted this teaching "without violence." These same 
churches believe in becoming involved in politics in order to take 
from the rich and give to the poor. They also see legislation as the 
answer to the oppression of one race over another. Jesus prom- 
ises that He will not leave us comfortless but that He will come to 
us. This refers to the fact that the Hofy Spirit is also the Spirit of 
Christ. But we believe it also speaks of that day when Jesus Christ 
shall return to make all things right. 

We find that God the Father is also the Father of mercies and 
the God of all comfort. Therefore we have the promise of the com- 
fort of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, Three 
in One and One in Three. These will comfort us in our tribulation. 
There is no promise that we will escape the oppression of those of 
this world. We are to offer comfort to others as God offers comfort 
to us. 

The comfort that is offered is spiritual comfort. We are not to 
take part in a government that often uses one type of oppression 
to control another type of oppression. If a Christian is a business- 



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man he should be careful not to oppress his laborers. If a Christian 
is a laborer the Bible teaches to accept oppression and be content 
with what you have. A Christian should never harbor hatred to- 
wards or claim superiority over another race. But neither should 
they be a participant in marches or other demonstrations. 

Praise God we do have something to offer those who have no 
comforter. We should encourage those suffering depression and 
other struggles. Prayer is a mighty aid. But we should also take 
the time to give them personal assurance. Church order is impor- 
tant but should never replace caring for others. 

As the hymn writer F. Bottome writes, 

"0 spread the tidings round, Wherever man is found, 

Wherever human hearts and human woes abound; 

Let every Christian tongue Proclaim the joyful sound; 

The Comforter has come!" 

Praise God! Hallelujah! 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

JEALOUSY DEVELOPS AT ANTIOCH OF PISIDIA 

Acts 13:26-52 

This passage begins with the continuation of Paul's sermon in 
the synagogue at Antioch of Pisidia. Paul preached unto them Jesus, 
His death, and especially about the resurrection (verses 30,33,35). 
This bit about the resurrection of Jesus Christ obviously was quite 
hard for the Jews to swallow, and the Apostles seemed to empha- 
size it in their sermons. Belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is 
very essential to our salvation. Paul mentioned that many people 
saw Jesus for many days after He was raised up from the dead. 

Paul also compared David and Jesus. David was a hero in the 
sight of the Jews. But David died, and his body decayed in the 
tomb. Jesus died, but His body did not see corruption; His body did 
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Then Paul preached about the forgiveness of sins which is avail- 
able through belief in Jesus Christ. This forgiveness from sins is 
something the Law of Moses could not do. 

Paul closed his message with a warning that they should not let 
their hearts become hardened against the message of the resur- 
rection of Jesus. 

Many Jews and Jewish converts followed Paul and Barnabas 
to hear more, it is very interesting to note that the Gentiles invited 
Paul to preach to them. What interest would they have had in this 
Jewish religion? There was something in Paul's message that they 
wanted to hear. 

So the next Sabbath day, just about everybody in the city turned 
out to hear the Word of God preached! What an occasion! Unfor- 
tunately, when the Jews saw the crowds that were come to hear 
Paul and Barnabas, they became full of envy and jealousy and 
began contradicting and blaspheming Paul and his message. 

So Paul and Barnabas made a bold declaration against the 
Jews, and turned to preaching to the Gentiles. The Gentiles were 
delighted! Generally, with few exceptions, the Christian religion up 
till then had been pretty much confined to the Jews. Now, under 
this new religion, the Gentiles were welcome to receive the forgive- 
ness of sins by the true God freely and unreservedly! And many 
believed. 

In jealous reaction, the Jews stirred up some people, raised up 
a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out 
of the city. 

Summary Thought.. .What is your reaction to Paul's sermon? 
Do you believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Do you feel the 
joy of the Holy Ghost when you are persecuted for preaching the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ? 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Brother Robert S. Lehigh 



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BIBLE STORIES 

JESUS AND THE CRAZY MAN 

Mark 5:1-20 

After Jesus had calmed the storm on the sea of Galilee, He 
arrived at the land of theGadarenes. Stepping ashore, Jesus was 
met by a man who was a lunatic or a crazy man. The Bible says 
this man had an unclean spirit. This means that instead of having 
the Holy Spirit to guide him, he was possessed with many evil spir- 
its which caused him to lose his self-control. It is no wonder that his 
spirit was unclean! This crazy man lived among the tombs in a 
graveyard, and he was so strong that no one could tie him up. 
They had even tried to bind him with chains so that he wouldn't 
harm anyone, but he would break the chains. Day and night he 
wandered in the mountains and in the tombs, crying and cutting 
himself with stones. I don't suppose anyone could be in a worse 
condition. 

Then came the day when he met Jesus. When the crazy man 
saw Jesus, he ran and worshipped Him and begged Jesus not to 
torment him. You see, this man was full of evil spirits, and they 
were trying to persuade Jesus to leave them alone. But Jesus 
said, "Come out of the man thou unclean spirit." Now the evil spirits 
knew they had to go, so they begged Jesus to let them enter a 
heard of pigs close by. Jesus said, "Go." And what do you think 
those pigs did? There were two thousand of them, and they all ran 
down a steep place to the sea and were drowned. 

The men that were taking care of the pigs went to their town 
and said what happened, and the people came out and saw the 
man who had been crazy, sitting with Jesus and in his right mind. 

Two thousand pigs are a lot of pigs, and the people were so 
concerned about losing them that they forgot about what a won- 
derful thing Jesus had done for the man who had been crazy. They 
asked Jesus to go away, and the man who had been healed asked 
Jesus if he could go along. Jesus got back in the boat and said, 
"Go home to your friends, and tell them how great things the Lord 
has done for you... : ' 

And the man went back to his home town and told everyone 
what Jesus had done for him. Jesus can do anything! 

Brother Rudy Cover 



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THE BOY AND THE MAN 

J. H. Moore 

Something Happened 

But one day at recess something happened in school. I was 
just old enough to begin thinking about the girls. Then, being one 
of the leaders among the boys, I did not have a very humble opin- 
ion of myself. On showing a little attention to a girl, of whom I had 
formed a good opinion, I was in the presence of others deliberately 
humiliated. The cut was a keen one and it stung. I bit my lip and 
said not a word, but did a deal of hard thinking during the rest of 
the afternoon. I said to myself: i: You belong to one of the best of 
families and I belong to one of the poorest, but the way is open for 
even a poor boy to give an account of himself, and from now on 
something will be doing." When school was dismissed I was the 
first boy out and headed for the community library, where a few 
hundred books were kept to be loaned to the patrons of the district. 

That evening I returned home with several books under my 
arm, and of nights would read as late as my father would permit 
me to be out of bed. The first book read was the story of the fa- 
mous exploration expedition of Clark and Lewis, 1 803-1 806, across 
the continent to the mouth of the Columbia River. My next was a 
graphic account of the adventures of Sir John Franklin in the Arctic 
regions, along with the story of the expeditions headed by Dr. Kane 
that went in search of the ill-fated party. These and other books 
concerning explorations in the Arctic regions aroused my interest 
to the utmost. I read everything I could get hold of on the subject 
and soon became familiar with what little was then known of the 
geography of the Frigid Zone. No line of study ever struck into me 
like this. It seems to have been ground into the very bones, and 
became so near a real part of me that all through life, regardless of 
other pressing duties, I have followed in my reading every expedi- 
tion in search of the pole, down to the triumphant discovery made 
by Commander Peary. All of this clinched the reading habit, and 
paved the way for a further use of my big book which had been 
stored in the wagon when we drove away from our home in Mis- 
souri. 

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the fields, plowing, cultivating, harvesting and gathering corn. It 
was in the cornfield of Elder David Wolf that the scene was laid, 
that nearly twenty-four years later gave rise to my article in the 
Gospel Messenger, entitled, "Farmer John on the Down Row." I 
was venturesome and was well able to get out of a tight place when 
I got into it, and sometimes trusted almost beyond wisdom. Here is 
an instance: 

Word reached us that on a certain evening, after dark, a good 
aunt would reach the rail station, Coatsburg, nine miles to the north 
of us. Father told me to drive to the station with the two horses and 
big wagon and meet auntie. Fearing that the horses might be- 
come frightened at the train I tied up in a cluster of trees some 
distance from the depot. At nine the train stopped but no auntie 
made her appearance. I started for home. The night was as dark 
as they ever make them. I could not see the road— could not even 
see the horses. I simply gave the horses free reins and let them 
pick the way. The road was a dangerous one for night travel. At 
many points there were deep gullies at the side. Bridges without 
railings spanned the deep ravines. A little too far to the right or left 
at a score of places would have meant something serious. When 
about two miles from home I heard father's voice, coming from one 
side of the road, saying, "John, is that you?" It was near midnight 
when the last word of the story was told, and while the family was 
disappointed, still, considering the dangers attending the trip, they 
felt relieved. All is well that ends well. 

Some Experiences 

When my parents located in Adams County I was the only young 
member in the congregation. All of my associates were outside of 
the church. Later my older sister, Margaret, applied for member- 
ship, and as per her request, was baptized by Elder George Wolf, 
who was then eighty-two years old. The venerable man in the wa- 
ter, administering the sacred rite to a young woman still in her teens, 
made the scene more than ordinarily impressive. 

But as a preparation for my life's work I was to enter another 
course of training with different helps as well as different hindrances. 
My parents moved to another farm, this time fifteen miles from the 
church-house. No members lived near us. It was a good farming 






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section, and our rented farm was in the edge of the timber. Not 
since leaving the prairies of Illinois had I seen so many snakes as I 
ran up against on this farm, and it seemed to be the very center of 
the bumblebee kingdom. When plowing I carried a twisted gunny 
sack in my hand with which to fight the bumblebees every time the 
plow turned up a nest of them; first a fight in self-defense and then 
a war of extermination, so I might continue plowing. 

Some of the denominations had preaching in the neighborhood 
about once a month. Once in two months we drove to the Brethren 
meetinghouse. The rest of the Sundays, being without religious 
services of any sort, were spent about as boys and young men 
would naturally spend the Lord's Day in communities of that type. 
Now and then I would walk three miles to attend a preaching ser- 
vice in the little town of Payson. The conditions afforded just about 
enough of the spiritual element to keep the fire upon the altar of 
the heart barely alive, and had it not been for the deep-rooted 
Christian sentiment in our home life, the fire might have dropped to 
mere embers. My faith was weak, very weak, but an invisible Hand 
led me along a dim path in the direction of a goal, of which I then 
knew nothing. 

While I kept up my reading, I gave more or less attention to a 
certain type of athletics These consisted of foot-racing, jumping 
contests and other feats. I would show off by turning a clear som- 
ersault. My best single jump was eighteen feet, and sometimes I 
would jump sixteen feet and then turn a somersault on the route. 
This was a rather dangerous feat for a country boy, and on one 
occasion, when not so successful in the attempted turn, I came to 
the ground square on my head. Then I said to myself, "What if I 
had broken my neck? : ' There were no baseball or football games, 
and what was a live boy to do but try to imitate some of the profes- 
sional circus actors? Well, after thinking the matter over I decided 
to cut out the somersaults and keep my head up and my feet down 
where they belonged. 

In the big harvest fields there came another line of training. 
Men and boys would bind grain from near sunup until sundown, 
never dreaming of such a thing as a ten or eight-hour day. Many a 
day have I bound grain while I was going barefoot. The stubbles 



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may have been rather severe on the feet, but the experience made 
them tough and saved the kind of leather of which boots and shoes 
are made. 

Walking the Log 

My venturesome spirit had not left me. At times it led me into 
things that seemed almost rash. Our home was nearly a mile from 
the schoolhouse, with a deep ravine and a small creek between. 
Most of the year one could step across the creek, near the ford : 
but in case of a heavy rain the stream might become a raging tor- 
rent. One summer day, in the early part of the afternoon, the water 
came down almost in sheets for a full hour. As soon as the rain 
slacked a bit father and myself made our way to the creek, for the 
children, some of our own family, were at school on the other side. 
For the benefit of those wishing to cross when there was consider- 
able water in the stream a large tree had been so cut that it fell 
across where the banks were high, forming a substantial foot log, 
reaching from bank to bank and fully ten feet from the bed of the 
creek. We found the water running over this log nearly an inch and 
still rising, and nearly a dozen frightened children on the other side. 
Divesting myself of everything save shirt and pants, I crossed over 
on the log, took one of the children on my back and brought it safe 
to our side. This was repeated until every child was rescued. Fa- 
ther, who was a good swimmer, stood on the bank ready to plunge 
into the raging torrent should anything happen. While not a thought 
of fear entered my mind during the performance of the reckless 
feat, I confess that when it was all over and I had time to think I felt 
just a little nervous. 

The public school which I attended a few months during the 
winter cut a very small figure in my early life. There were a number 
of evening exhibitions and entertainments, with programs rendered 
by the scholars. This appealed to me. I committed poems and 
readings to memory— an easy task for me— and was always ready 
when my name was called. I had one of Patrick Henry's celebrated 
orations, as well as a speech by Blackhawk, the Indian chief, at my 
command, and in spite of my severe impediment in speech I would 
put as much uncultured oratorical spirit into my part of the pro- 
grams as though I was the leading star of the whole entertainment. 
Just such experience as this took out of me what little embarrass- 



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ment I ever had when before the public. 

In the latter part of one winter, when the whooping cough had 
kept me out of school until it was too late to start in with any of the 
classes, there came into the vicinity a writing master, who offered 
to give a course of twelve lessons in penmanship for one dollar. 
When the class was formed I was one of the number and was 
awarded the premium for the greatest improvement in writing. To 
help me out I wrote a very poor hand to begin with, and if ever a 
boy worked diligently to gain his point I did. I not oniy improved in 
my penmanship, but I got filled up with the spirit of writing and for 
months devoted every spare moment to my pen in writing and pen 
drawing. I rode as far as fifteen miles to take lessons from an 
accomplished penman. I purchased a book on penmanship and 
went to the limit of my little purse, and what my environments would 
afford, to master the art, and as a result I acquired a creditable 
hand. But like most men who enter into the activities of a business 
life, there came a time when I certainly did degenerate in my hand- 
writing. But the training I got from buckling the mind right down to 
a given object, and holding it there for hours, was worth more to 
me in after life than it ever cost in time and money. 

THE COMMUNION SERVICE 

B. E. Kessler 

Of all the services connected with the Christian religion, there 
is none more important, or more sacred, or that means more to 
mankind than the communion service, by which we commemorate 
the greatest tragedy known to man and in which we celebrate the 
greatest blessing that ever came to the fallen race. By this service 
we memorialize the death of the Son of God and celebrate the 
event by which he purchased our redemption and reconciled the 
world to God. 

Scriptural communion is the partaking of the embiems (the loaf 
and cup) of his body and blood in the evening, in connection with 
feet washing, and the Lord's supper, and is an institution distinct in 
itself, shown by blessing the emblems. "And as they were eating, 
Jesus took bread and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the 



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disciples, and said, take, eat, this is my body. And he took the cup, 
and gave thanks, and gave it to them : saying, drink ye all of it.' ! 
(Matt. 26:26-27.) And by its commemorative nature, 'And when he 
had given thanks, he brake it, and said, take, eat, this is my body, 
which is broken for you; this do, in remembrance of me; for as often 
as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's 
death till he come." (I Cor. 11:24-26.) It is also shown to be a 
distinct institution by its typical nature. "But I say unto you, I will not 
drink henceforth of the fruit of the vine, until that day I drink it new 
with you in my Father's kingdom." (Matt. 26:29; also Luke 22:18; 
Mark 14:25.) And by its emblematic nature. (Matt. 26:28; Luke 
22:19.) These scriptures show us that the loaf and cup are em- 
blems of his broken body and shed blood; and that in that service 
we commemorate his suffering and death; and that it is a type to be 
fuifiiled in heaven, being a part of the marriage supperof the Lamb. 
(Rev. 19:7; Luke 12:36-37.) 

No other institution is commemorative and emblematic as this. 
Thus it is distinct from all others. 

The scripture also says the partaking of the loaf and cup is the 
communion of the body and blood of our Lord. Being the commun- 
ion, it is not the Lord's supper. No inspired man ever called it the 
Lord's supper; and those who now cali it the Lord's supper, do so 
without authority from the Bible, and those churches that call it the 
Lord's supper, have no Lord's supper at all. Hear Paul, "The cup of 
blessing, which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of 
Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the 
body of Christ?" These questions clearly imply the answer, yes. So 
they are the communion and not the Lord's supper, as some teach. 

"But our preacher says the bread and cup is the Lord's supper." 

Well, that's the difference between him and Paul. I'd believe Paul 
before my preacher or any one else's preacher. Wouldn't you? 
"Well, yes, I suppose I would, but if the bread and cup is not the 
Lord's supper, then we have no Lord's supper in our church." I 
know that, but our church does, and I would not want to be living in 
a church that has no Lord's supper when Jesus comes. 

Paul says the bread and cup is the communion and he knows. 
So we don't need to be deceived here if we don't want to be. 






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Another matter of importance here is the bread and cup should 

be taken in the evening. Jesus instituted it in the evening. Just 
why, we need not know: but he must have had a reason for doing 
so. All we need to know or do, is to follow his example, and hold 
communion at night as he did. 

When "Judas received the sop, he went immediately out, and it 
was night." (Jno. 13:30.) Paul received it from Christ by revelation, 
(Gal. 1:11-12) that it was night; (I Cor. 1 1 :23) the church at Corinth 
observed it at night, and so did Paul at Troas, (Acts 20:7-1 1 ). 

Here we have Paul and apostolic churches, some 30 years af- 
terward, keeping it at night just as Jesus did. They got it from Jesus 
that way and no one ever got it from Jesus any other way. So we 
do not need to go wrong here if we don't want to. Jesus and Paul 
could have kept it in the day time, but they didn't. We too, could 
hold it in the day time, but we shouldn't. 

Jesus and the apostles left the day and frequency to the option 
of the church. "I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that 
day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. M (Mark 14:25.) No 
day set for us. 'This do, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of 
me; for as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show 
the Lord's death till he come." (I Cor. 1 1 :24-25.) No day set, but 
"as oft as ye drink it," is the Bible way. 

Jesus instituted it on Wednesday evening, our time; Paul met 
with the church at Troas on the first day of the week, but broke the 
bread after midnight or on the second day of the week, which is 
Monday, our time. 

it is not said what day the church at Corinth held it, but one 
thing is true, no inspired man ever held communion on the first day 
of the week so far as anybody now knows. Any day of the week, 
but only in the night, is the Bible time. 

They "broke bread from house to house" on Pentecost but not 
on the first day, for that was taken up in worship, preaching and 
baptizing. (Acts 2:29, 38, 41.) Thus it is seen, no inspired man 
ever held communion on the first day of the week, or in the day 
time. But why restricted communion? It tends to unity in faith and 
practice. Jesus prayed for unity. (Jno. 17:21-22.) Paul labored for 



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unity. (Eph. 4:1-5; I Cor. 1:10.) 

Different churches may sit down and eat together but there 
can be no communion where there is no union; and merely eating 
together does not destroy difference in doctrine and practice. Be- 
sides it is practically impossible, some meet for this service every 
first day; some at 11:00 a.m.; some at 8:00 p.m.; some wash feet in 
connection with it: some wash feet, and eat the Lord's supper and 
greet each other with the holy kiss in connection with it. How then 
could they commune together? Some one must be wrong here. If 
I sit down and take the bread and cup in a church that does not 
wash feet and has no Lord's supper, I say by this act, my church is 
wrong in washing feet and having a Lord's supper, and greeting 
with a kiss of charity. Or if one in such church sit with me, wash 
feet, eat of the supper, greet with the kiss, he is a hypocrite, or says 
by so doing his church is wrong in not doing these things. Any one 
can see the hypocrisy and inconsistency of such procedure. 

"But our preacher says all God's children have a right to par- 
take at the Lord's table." Truly so, but in the first place : does your 
preacher really have any table at all, much less a Lord's table? If 
no table at ail, how can he have a Lord's table? Besides, did you 
ever know your preacher to go over and commune with any other 
church? There you are. Why preach what he himself doesn't prac- 
tice? When open communionists practice among themselves what 
they preach, it will be in place for them to invite others to commune 
with them. 

Reprinted from June 1, 1942 issue of the Bible Monitor 

OBITUARIES 

GLADYS BECK 

Sis. Gladys Pearl Beck, daughter of Aaron and Rena (Stutzman) 
Beck was born June 30, 191 1 near Ridgeville, Ohio, and departed 
this life, Wednesday night, March 27, 2002 at Fulton County Health 
Center, Wauseon, Ohio at the age of 90 years, 9 months, and 27 
days. 

She was admitted to the hospital on Monday prior to her death. 



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Gladys was a resident of Heartland Nursing Home, Wauseon, Ohio 
for about one year. 

Sis. Gladys was a kind hearted and loving person. She never 
was very well, especially in her later years. 

She was baptized into the Dunkard faith at an early age and 
was a faithful attender except in the last years. 

She leaves to mourn her departure; a brother, Harold, also of 
Heartland, a sister, Ethel Whitmer of Quinter, Kansas (in Gove 
County Nursing Home) a sister, Leola of Wauseon, Ohio, nephews; 
Tom Jamison (Dorothy) of Hoxie, Kansas, Marian Jamison (Shirley) 
of Quinter, Kansas, Richard Jamison of Cuba, New Mexico, Ronald 
Jamison of Espanola, New Mexico; nieces Dyann (Clair) Armstrong 
of Wauseon, Ohio, Ruthann (Richard) Dulaney of Wauseon, Ohio 
and Thelma (Harry) Bedford of Morenci, Michigan. Also sixteen 
great nieces and nephews and eighteen great-great nieces and 
nephews. 

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Stepmother 
Bertha Beck, brother-in-law Victor Whitmer, sister Elma Jamison, 
brother-in-law Newton Jamison, sister Orpha Beck, and sister-in- 
law Rebecca Biosser Beck. 

She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Thanks to each 
and every one who helped in any way. May God bless you. 

HARLEY RUSH 

Brother HarleyH. Rush, 85, formerly of Converse, Indiana died 
Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru, Indi- 
ana. 

He was the son of Clarence and Edith (Ratliff) Rush. 

Harley was born on May 16, 1916. He married lona Lantz on 
February 21, 1942, in Wabash County, Indiana. She died on De- 
cember 25, 2001. 

Surviving are a son, Dale (Sue) Rush of Peru, Indiana; two 
daughters, Margaret (Harliss) Birt of Wabash, Indiana and Clarice 
(Robert) Carpenter of Peru, Indiana; twelve grandchildren and eight 
great-grandchildren. A sister, Ethel Senften, and a great-grand- 
daughter are deceased. 



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Harley was a member of the Plevna Dunkard Brethren Church 
and had been a minister there for fifty years, retiring in 1996. 

He was a Wabash County farmer and had worked at the Ford 
Meter Box Company, retiring in 1980. 

Services were heid, May 5, 2002, at 2:00 P.M. in the Plevna 
Dunkard Brethren Church. Officiating ministers were Elder Harley 
Flory and Elder Uoyd Lorenz. Burial was in the Kendali Cemetery. 

The singing was by the grandchildren and the following two 
poems, written by two of the grandsons, were used at the service. 

Harley always loved to sing. During his final days in the hospi- 
tal, he was heard singing "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior." This 
song was sung by the congregation at his funeral service. 

GRANDPA'S LIFE 
A man who lived his life for Christ 
Everyday he gave to God. 
He seemed to never falter, 
As he walked this earthly sod. 
A man who lived each day by faith 
He's an example to us all. 
He taught us to live for God, 
And to heed His every call. 

A man who was always there, 
Whenever someone had a need. 
Telling others about Christ, 
Mending hearts and sowing seed. 



A man who we'll never forget, 
For of God's work he did not tire. 



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He's gone to be with Grandma now, 

They're singing in Heaven's choir. 

Someday we'll reunite, 

In our home with God on high. 

Let the circle be unbroken, 

In Heaven by and by. 

-Marlin Carpenter 

A STORY OF TRUE LOVE 
Harley and lona had a love, 
That I would like to share. 
They met at conference, 
And in two years became a permanent pair. 

On February 21st, 
In Nineteen Forty Two, 
They had a simple wedding, 
And a simple honeymoon. 

They didn't have much money, 
It was all they could afford. 
All that mattered was that they had, 
Each other and the Lord. 

They shared their love, 
Hopes, dreams, and fears. 
They raised a family, 
And had many happy years. 

She passed on a few months ago. 
He couldn't live without her, 
As most of us well know. 



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He prayed to the Lord that he could 
Be with her again up there, 
And a few days ago, 
God answered his prayer. 

Over 60 years together, 

In a time when marriage doesn't last, 

They still have that love, 

Even though they have passed. 

For in Heaven they are together 
For all eternity 

Still in love with one another, 
And still watching over their family. 
-Brian Carpenter 

The family would like to thank everyone fortheir prayers, cards, 
visits, flowers and so forth given to Harley and the rest of the family 
at this time and through his years in the nursing home. 

May God richly bless each and every one of you. 

The Family 

NEWS ITEMS 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Waynesboro Congregation plans a revival 
meeting July 21 through 28 with Bro. Tom St. John as evangelist. 
Please uphold these meetings in prayer that the lost will be saved 
and we may be strengthened and encouraged in these troubled 
times. We extend a hearty invitation to all, to come worship with 
us. 

Sister Janet Shaffer, Cor. 
GRANDVIEW, MiSSOURI 

The Grandview, Missouri Congregation will hold a revival meet- 
ing July 28 to August 4 with Bro. Len Wertz from Quinter, Kansas 
as our evangelist. We will conclude with a Lovefeast service on 



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Saturday, August 3. Services will begin at 1 1:00 A.M. on Saturday 
with the Lovefeast Service at 6:00 P.M. We welcome everyone to 
come and be with us. Please pray for these meetings that each 
one will be encouraged in the Lord and that souls will be saved. 

Sister Jolene Andrews, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

We want to thank everyone for the cards and letters we re- 
ceived on our fiftieth wedding anniversary. We really appreciated 
them. May God bless each one for being our friend. 

Brother John and Sister Ruth Cease 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JULY 2002 

July 7 - How Important is the Resurrection - 1 Cor. 15:12-28 

1 . What would be the status of our faith and our sins if Christ 
had not risen from the dead? 

2. Explain the phrase, Christ became "the first fruits of them 
that slept". 

July 14 - Living to Die or Dying to Live? - 1 Cor. 15:29-41 

1 . How is resurrection from the dead possible? 

2. Why must we die to self to be made spiritually alive? 
July 21 - The Victory Over Death - I Cor. 1 5:42-58 

1. Explain the differences between our natural bodies and 
our spiritual bodies. 

2. How is it possible to have victory over death? 



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July 28 - Collecting for the Saints and Travel Plans- 1 Cor. 16:1-12 

1 . How does giving as the Lord hath prospered us compare 

to tithing? 

2. Why did Paul say after stating his plans, "if the Lord per- 
mit"? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

JULY 2002 

July 7 -Temperance- Isa. 5:11 & 5:22-24, Prov. 23:19-21, 23:29- 

32, Luke 21:34, Eph. 5:18-20 

1 . What does Isaiah mean by the words "strong drink"? 

2. Why did Jesus say we should always be sober? What 
does that mean? 

July 14 - High Minded - Luke 18:9-17, John 8:31-42 

1 . How can humbling ourselves actually exalt us? 

2. How is it possible to be in bondage to ourselves? 

July 21 -Bad Company- Ex. 23:1-2, Ps. 1:1-6, II Cor. 6:14-18, Eph. 
5:11-17, I Cor. 15:33-34 

1. Why should a believer not be yoked to an unbeliever? 
What does that mean? 

2. What is the light we need to use to overcome the dark- 
ness of evil? 

July 28 - Greediness - Prov. 1:10-19, Ex. 5:8-1 2, 1 Tim. 6:6-1 2, James 

5:1-7 

1 . What are "the ways of everyone that is greedy of gain"? 

2. How is it possible for a human being to be content? 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St. John. Secretary 
21 397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81 057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2270 Co.Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

Wat«fcrt,CA9S388 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Marl in Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion. PA 17356 

Milton Cook 

1138 E, 1 2th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD O F P U B LICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 

1 0340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Ronald Marks, Secretary 
1813 N. 136th Avenue 
Harl, Ml 49420 



Fred O. Pifer. Treasurer 
1 734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton. PA 17322 

RayStuber 
5200 Swamp Road 
Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center. lA 50063 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordlon, OH 43501 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbotd, OH 43502 

Marl in Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion. PA 17356 

Phil Franklin 

1 520 Brannnn Avenue 

Modesto. CA 95350 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford.CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers. Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-3028 

Lloyd Lorenz, Treasurer 
3949S100E 
Peru, IN 44970 
(576) 473-5045 

Gordon Jamison 
R 1 Box 1 36 
Quinter. KS 67752 
(785)754-3639 



Paul Nell 

7296 Woodland Drive 

Spring Grave, PA 17362 

(717)225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Stales, Superintendent 

HCR79,Box8 

Cuba, NM 8701 3 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center. IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Marl in Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 1 7356 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Paul Slump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Phil Franklin, Secretary 
1520 Brannnn Ave. 
Modesto, CA 95350 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Ray R.Reed 
302 Percival 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton. PA 1 7322 

All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his 
records. 



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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXX 



JULY 2002 



NO. 7 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints'' 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



CONTENTMENT 

Lord, how full of sweet content 
My years of pilgrimage are spent! 
Where'er I dwell, I dwell with thee, 
In heav'n, in earth, or on the sea. 

To me remains nor place nor time; 
My country is in ev'ry clime; 

1 can be calm and free from care 
On any shore, since God is there. 

While place I seek, or place I shun, 
The soul finds happiness in none; 
But with my God to guide my way, 
Tis equal joy to go or stay. 



Could I be cast where thou art not, 
That were indeed a dreadful lot; 
But regions none remote I call, 
Secure of finding God in all. 

-Jennie M. B. Guyon 



BIBLE MONITOR 



LIFESTYLE 

Lifestyle consists of the ways that we organize and live our 
lives. All facets of our living will be affected by the choices we make 
concerning what our lifestyle will be. The vehicle we purchase, the 
clothes that we wear, the places where we go or do not go, our 
recreational activities and other areas of our lives will depend upon 
these choices. 

Many times when those choices are before us, we do not rec- 
ognize them for their seriousness. When we on the spur of the 
moment choose to do certain things, put on certain clothes or go 
certain places, we are defining our lifestyle. Because we do not 
always think ahead about the consequences of our acts, we often 
make wrong choices that in the future we wished we had not made. 
If our lifestyle is to be a Christian lifestyle, we have to make choices 
that reflect our Christian lifestyle. 

Paul writes the Ephesians, "Be ye therefore followers of God, 
as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and 
hath given himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a 
sweet^smelling savour." Ephesians 5:1-2 This is the basis for our 
lifestyle. We are to be the followers of God in all areas of our lives. 
A terrific price has been paid to redeem us, as Christ became the 
sacrifice that met God's requirement for the covering of our sins. 
As the redeemed, we should adapt our lifestyle to reflect the price 
paid. 

THE BIBLE MONITOR JULY 2002 

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The Bible has given us some definition of our lifestyle. There 
are a number of things that we are told should not even be named 
among us. Activities such as fornication, uncieanness or covet- 
ousness should be so foreign to us that we would not even talk of 
them. The Bible has condemned certain behaviors for the Chris- 
tian, so there is no question about whether or not we wiil engage in 
them. The Church has seen fit to also define our lifestyles by de- 
ciding that certain activities are not consistent with the Christian 
life. The Church can not legislate upon every choice that might 
come before us. There would not be enough paper to make enough 
rule books to cover every possible situation. Those choices not 
covered are left to us for our decision. There are many choices for 
us to make, since we daily define our lives before the world in which 
we live. What will those around us see? Will they see a lifestyle 
consistent with our profession? 

As we meet the situations that define our lifestyles, by what 
principles are we going to choose? There are several standards to 
guide us when we are faced with these decisions. 

Stewardship. God has blessed us with financial resources. He 
expects us to be good stewards of those provisions. Whether it is 
money or property or other resources that He shares with us, we 
must use those resources in the way that best promotes His inter- 
ests. We must not waste those resources upon extravagant and 
gaudy things. His resources should be used for activities that honor 
Him. 

Witnessing. How do our choices of lifestyle affect our witness 
to the lost? If we use our time, talent and resources for activities 
that promote only the bottom line, rather than spiritual values, what 
can those outside Christ, see in us that they might desire Christ? If 
we are so busy living the worldly lifestyle, with only a passing inter- 
est in spiritual things, what do we have to offer the lost? If our lives 
do not reflect the Christ, who bought us, how can we offer them a 
Saviour? 

Obedience. Will our choices appropriately display our willing- 
ness to obey our Heavenly Father? Will our lifestyle be a mirror of 
His will for us or of the world around us? Will our choice of vehicles, 



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clothing and activities show us to be humble, meek and peaceful? 
Will our activities join us with those who are openiy opposed to God 
and godliness? Will our activities be a waste of time, spiritually? 

Unity. Our choice of lifestyle can either promote or detract from 
our unity with fellow believers. Will our choices threaten the group's 
unity? Will our choice to forego the accepted lifestyle for one of our 
own improvising make the Church stronger or weaker? Will others 
choose a lifestyle, because of us, that will weaken the entire group's 
witness? 

There are many questions we need to ask ourselves as we 
consider our choices affecting our lifestyles. We are making deci- 
sions that not only affect ourselves and our efforts toward honor- 
ing God, but they also affect the efforts of others. We are our 
brother and sisters keeper. We have a responsibility to God. We 
have a responsibility to our fellow believers. We have a responsi- 
bility for ourselves. 

What lifestyle are you choosing? Will it be the lifestyle that will 
meet the criteria of God? 

M.C.Cook 



VARIOUS REACTIONS TO THE GOSPEL MESSAGE 

Acts 14:1-28 

As Paul and Barnabas continue on their missionary journey, we 
can see that there was quite a contrast in their reception by the 
people of the different cities where they visited. In Iconium, the 
unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles to the point that there was 
a plot hatched to stone Paul and Barnabas. Somehow, they got 
wind of it, and fled (apparently before it actually happened, I think). 

The missionaries fied to Lystra and Derbe, in the region of 
Lyconia, preaching the Gospel on the way. Then the healing of a 
crippled man took place. Note that Paul simply perceived that the 
man had faith to be healed. He told the man to stand up. The man 
stood up, leaped and walked! There was no magical formula, no 
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The people who witnessed that healing were ready to proclaim 
that Paul and Barnabas were gods! They nearly worshipped them, 
held back only by the passionate objections of Barnabas and Paul. 
They knew that God would allow only Himseif to be worshipped. 
The people were barely held back from sacrificing offerings unto 
them. 

But in the next few verses, we can see the fickleness of hu- 
mankind. After certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium came and 
persuaded the people, they turned against Paul and Barnabas, and 
stoned Paul. This must have happened quite suddenly, because 
they apparently did not have time to flee. 

Think for a few moments about the stoning of Paul. Most people 
died when they were stoned. Paul had witnessed the death of 
Stephen in this manner. So he knew from experience exactly what 
to expect when the stoning began. Nevertheless, God was not 
finished with Paul and he revived. I suspect he suffered from some 
very severe bruises, and was very stiff and sore for a while. Note 
that they did not flee the city that day but rested overnight, and 
then they departed. 

Thinking it was enough for a while, Paul and Barnabas returned 
through the cities to which they had ministered, stopping by and 
encouraging the saints in the churches they had organized. Note 
that they ordained leadership in every church, and prayed and 
fasted with them, and commended them to the Lord. 

Finally, Paul and Barnabas returned to Antioch, from where they 
had been sent, and gave a report. There was much rejoicing at the 
working of God. Even today, there is rejoicing when missionaries 
report about the hand of God working in foreign lands. There is 
also rejoicing when we see God working on the home front! 

Summary Thought., .Rejoice in the work of the Lord! But serv- 
ing God comes at a high price - "with much tribulation" (verse 22). 
However, continue in the faith — it will be worth it!! 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Brother Robert S. Lehigh 



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THOUGHTS ON CONFERENCE 2002 



It was our first time attending the Annual Conference in Ohio, 
and we can say without reservation that we were blessed abun- 
dantly. We encountered a loving spirit and the messages we heard 
admonished us to holy living and compassion for the lost. 

If there was a central theme that permeated the messages it 
was threefold: our responsibility to God, our responsibility to each 
other, and our responsibility to the lost. At least half of what we 
heard dealt with evangelizing others and going to the mission field. 
During the missionary message, which was given the closing 
evening of the conference, three young people answered God's 
call, and who knows how many more will be influenced to do so in 
the future? The Bible studies reflected how we as Christians should 
live in this world so that we, by our behavior, would be a light unto 
others. Even the business meeting, which often is described as 
tedious, was a great example of brethren working together in love 
with a common goal and desire. 

Many times with hundreds of people living together in close 
quarters there are problems, and often they become quite unbear- 
able. Yet we were so blessed and so in awe of the Spirit of God 
working in our midst that if any problems did exist, we were not 
aware of them. 

This is not meant to inflate anyone's ego. If people do well, 
they should be commended. Everyone worked so hard to insure a 
good conference that it remains a good example of what God can 
do with men and women obedient to His Will. If applied to other 
things, like mission work or evangelism, what could we accomplish 
if we are of one accord and in the will of the Lord? 

We want to thank the local brethren and sisters again for mak- 
ing our stay in Ohio so pleasant. Where we can only thank you, we 
know God will bless you. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Rd. 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 
NICE ISN'T ENOUGH 

Matthew 7:21 

"Mother, Fred invited me to stay over the week-end at his house. 
Monday we can waik together to school as he lives just four blocks 
away," said Joe. 

"Is he the new boy in your class, who just recently moved to our 
area? 1 ' 

"Yes, he is the one. He is so nice! He is polite to the teacher 
and is so friendly to all of us in the class. He's fun to be with at 
recess, too, as he is good at any sport." 

"You realize that your father and I would like to meet Fred and 
his parents before we encourage you to spend much time with him 
and his friends. We want you to have Christian friends to associate 
with." 

"Did you invite him to come to church this Sunday?" 
"Yes, I did, Mother, but he says his family never go to church 
except on special occasions like Easter or Christmas. He said that 
instead of wasting time going to church they spend Sunday as a 
'fun' day. They go fishing a lot as his father is quite a fisherman. 
His brothers like to play card games and go partying with their 
friends." 

"When your father comes home from work we will discuss it 
with him." 

His mother had supper ready, but still his father had not come. 
"I wonder what is keeping him so late, tonight?" his mother won- 
dered as she turned from watching out the window. 

"Here he is now!" cried Joe as he ran down the walk to meet 
him. 

"Why are you so late, tonight, Dad?" asked Joe. "Is something 
wrong?" 

"I'm afraid there is, Son. We had to notify the police that some- 
one stole one of the cars from the employee's parking lot!" 

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happen in our little town. Does anyone have any idea who did the 
stealing?" 

"No, so far there is no clue." 

The next morning when Joe came down for breakfast he saw 
his parents talking seriously together. His dad told him the police 
had just notified his boss that they had found three suspects The 
young men were taken into custody and will await trial. Two fellows 
are from that new family that recently moved into our area." 

"Not Fred or his brother was it, Dad?" 

"Yes, they were arrested early this morning." 

"But, they were such nice friendly boys, and so well liked'" cried 
Joe. 

"That may be, but you see they didn't have the parental guid- 
ance they needed. They didn't go to church to (earn from God's 
Word. They were never taught the Ten Commandments Do you 
think they knew about the commandment, Thou shalt not steal?'" 

"Good friends should share the same standards. Suppose you 
had been invited to ride along with these young men. You might 
not have known that the car was stolen, but since you were with 
them, you would have been taken to the police station, too." 

"It might be said that certain people are so pleasant to be 
around. Their life style must be alright because they are so nice 
but never-the-less they don't obey God. We can't restrict God's law 
or we might say there are nice liars, nice adulterers, nice alcohol- 
ics, nice drug addicts, nice wife beaters, nice murderers." 

"There are people who want a watered down religion They 
don't want any rules or regulations. They say we should be friendly 
and nice. Just let everyone live as they choose. No standards are 
needed. They don't believe in the Sermon on The Mount where 
Jesus said, 'Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord shall en- 
ter into the kingdom of Heaven but he that doeth the will of my 
Father which is in Heaven.' (Matt. 7:21) Jesus also said, 'If ye love 
me keep my commandments.'" (John 14:15) 

"Don't be drawn into a relationship, partnership, or friendship 
with any person who doesn't have Biblical standards. Christianity 
is more than being nice." 

Nice isn't enough. 

Sister Maxine Surbey 



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THE HOLY KISS AS AN ORDINANCE 

B.E.KesIer 

1. It is scriptural for God's people to greet one another with a 
holy kiss. 

2. It is given in the most forceful way of expressing a command 

or ordinance. 

(a) It is a part of scripture. "Greet one another with a holy 
kiss:' (Rom. 16:16.) "All scripture is given by inspiration, and is 
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in 

righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect" (II Tim 3i6- 

17.) 

(b) Given by the wisdom of God. "The Father which sent me, 
gave me a commandment, what I should say and what I should 
speak; and I know that his commandment is life everlasting " (Jno 
12:49-50; Heb. 1:1-2.) 

(c) Fearful consequences result from disobedience. "When 
the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty an- 
geis in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, 
and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." (II Thess. 
1 :8-9.) "If any man shall take away from the words of the book of 
this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life 
and out of the holy city and from the things written in this book" 
(Rev. 22:19.) 

3. This ordinance is so important the Holy Spirit had it written to 
all the apostolic churches. 

(a) To individual churches. "Salute one another with a holy 
kiss." (Rom. 16:16.) "Greet ye one another with a holy kiss:' (I Cor. 
16:20; II Cor. 13:12.) So important is this ordinance in Paul's esti- 
mation, he wrote to the church at Corinth twice. 

(b) To all the churches, Paul wrote this command, "to the church 
of God at Corinth, with all that in every place call upon the name of 
Jesus Christ our Lord." (I Cor. 1:1-2; 16:20.) Peter, to the strangers 
scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, Bithynia 
writes, "Greet one another with a kiss of charity." (I Peter 1:2; 5:1 4.) 
Paul's first letter to Thessalonians contains this command with in- 



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struction that it be "read to all the holy brethren. 1 ' (I Thess 5'26- 

27.) 

An ordinance so important can not be rejected without peril to 
the soul. "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation, 
which in the first began to be spoken by the Lord and was con- 
firmed unto us by them that heard him?" Paul and Peter both heard 
him and both gave this command. 

God gave the command to Jesus (Jno. 12:49-50.) Jesus gave 
it to Paul, (Gal. 1:11-12; i Cor. 14:37) and Paul gave it to all the 
churches, and the Holy Spirit enjoins it. (Jno. 14:26.) Nothing else 
needed but a will to obey. 

4. It is called a holy kiss. 

(a) There are two kinds of ordinances— Divine (Heb. 9:1)- Car- 
nal (Heb. 9:10.) 

(b) A holy ordinance given to a holy people. (Rom. 16:16; I 
Pet. 2:9.) We keep it because the wisdom of God gave it. (Acts 
1:2.) We may as well reject any other ordinance, God makes no 
distinction between his commands as relates to obedience. 

5. It is a token of love— Christian affection. 

(a) It is a kiss of love — charity, (I Peter 5:14.) 

(b) From all the salutations in the world, God selected one, 

the dearest known to our race, as the proper form of Christian 
greeting — the kiss of love. 

(c) This love demands an expression which can be most ap- 
propriately given in this Christian salutation. 

6. A reciprocal service— "Greet one another:' "Love one an- 
other, pray for one another, salute one another, wash one another's 
feet." All of which are commands. 

7. We dare not substitute God : s commands. 

(a) Merely shaking hands, or the uplifted hand with the "Hello" 
greeting cannot be substituted for "Greet with a holy kiss." 

(b) Blessings are promised on obedience, not on man's opin- 
ion or substitutes. 

(c) Peter tried substitution (Jno. 13:9) and would have lost had 



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he not obeyed. 

(d) Naaman was tempted to substitute ([) Kings 5:1 1-12), but 
had to obey to get the blessing. 

(e) Saul tried substitution (I Sam. 15:10-23} and lost his throne. 

(f) Ananias and Sapphira tried to substitute a part of the price 

for the whole (Acts 5:1-10), all know their sad fate. 

(g) A system of religion that substitutes a part of God's com- 
mands for the whole will not stand at the judament (Rev 22-14- 
19.) 

Confirmation 

1 . It was observed in apostolic churches. 

2. Paul's first letter to any church (A.D. 57) contains this ordi- 
nance with his direction that it be read to all the churches (I Thess 
5:26-27.) 

3. Paul's letter to the Romans before he visited them contains 
this ordinance. (Rom. 16:16.) 

4. It has never been annulled by divine authority. 

5. Laws remain in force until annulled by their maker— the holy 
kiss is still in force. 

Reprinted from July 1, 1942 issue of Bible Monitor 

BIBLE STORIES 

HEALING ON THE SABBATH DAY! 

Luke 6:6-11 
One time there was a man who had a withered hand. We don't 
know how it got that way but it must have been a great handicap to 
him. It was his right hand and it may have been hard for him to 
make a living. He could have been a beggar but the Bible doesn't 
say so. I think he must have been a good man because he was in 
the synagogue on the sabbath day to hear Jesus teach. A syna- 
gogue was a place where the Jews would meet to read scriptures, 
and Jesus would often teach there because that is where the people 
would be on the sabbath day —just like we go to church on Sun- 
day. 



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Now there were some scribes and Pharisees in the synagogue 
too, and they weren't there because they were so good, but be- 
cause they were watching Jesus to find some way they might ac- 
cuse Him. They had become so mixed up that they thought it would 
be wrong to heal anyone on the sabbath day, 

Jesus knew what they were thinking, just like He knows what 
we are thinking. He said to the man with the withered hand, "Rise 
up and stand forth in the midst." The man was probably ashamed 
cf his crippled hand and now every eye was looking at him. 

Jesus said unto the Pharisees, "Is it lawful on the sabbath days 
to do good, or to do evil? to save life or to destroy it?" And nobody 
answered Him a word. 

Jesus, who is the Son of God, looked around at all the people 
and said to the man with the withered hand, ''Stretch forth thy hand." 
Now what do you think happened? Did the man reach out his good 
hand? No, he did not! He reached out his poor old withered hand. 
But it wasn't withered anymore! It was healed and strong just like 
his good hand! I can just see that man moving his fingers again 
and clapping his hands and saying, "Praise the Lord! Oh, Jesus, 
how great thou art!" 

But the Pharisees and scribes were filled with madness and 
talked to one another how they might punish Jesus. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

PRAY FOR US 

II Thessalonians 3:1-2, "Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the 
word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it 
is with you. And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and 
wicked men: for all men have not faith." 

May God richly bless His Word to our hearts. The above scrip- 
ture is largely self-explanatory, but it was written by an elder to 
those of his flock. Those of us called into ministry can hope that the 
brethren, (all the church) will pray that this Word will be freely 
preached, but it does not just apply to a few, but to all of us called to 
be saints, that others will see, hear, and believe. 



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If the saints earnestly pray and seek the face of God for the 
Sunday worship service, that the Word of God would be freely 
preached and taught, we would see great things. We should not 
complain if there is a preacher we do not like. We should pray for 
him that he would be free to preach as God intended. The Church 
needs every member: none are insignificant. John Donne, an En- 
glish poet alive when the King James Bible was being translated, 
said the following: ' ; No man is an island, entirely of himself. Every 
man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod (of dirt) 
be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a 
promontory were, as well as if a manner of thy friends or if thine 
own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved 
with mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell 
tolls, it tolls for thee." 

Clashes of personalities, power trips, caucusing, sowing dis- 
cord, cliques and schisms all should not be mentioned in the church. 
[ Thessalonians 5:17 says, "Pray without ceasing." Verse 25 says, 
"Brethren, pray for us." I Corinthians 12:14 says, "For the body is 
not one member, but many," and verse 26, "And whether one mem- 
ber suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be hon- 
ored, all the members rejoice with it.' : We perhaps can understand 
the suffering part better than the rejoicing part, because man's 
nature is to covet the things (or talents) of others. If a brother has 
a talent, or a following, it is easy to become jealous of him. Rather 
we should rejoice with him and share in his joy. 

"And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked 
men: for all men have not faith." Anyone that witnesses for the 
Lord will run into those who do not have faith. If this person can get 
an advantage over us because they despise our stand for Christ, 
they probably will try. Mark 13:9 says, "But take heed to your- 
selves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the syna- 
gogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers 
and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them." On the one 
hand, it is our purpose to witness to those in authority. When Paul 
appealed to Caesar, he did so to share Christ with the rulers, but in 
doing so he sealed his own fate. On the other hand, Matthew 7:6 
tells us, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye 
your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, 



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and turn again and rend you:' There are those given to mocking 
and ridiculing the Word of God. Though we must take a stand, we 
need not belabor the point to those who would make a laughing- 
stock of us. 

Pray for us, then, saints of God. We earnestly covet your prayers: 
that God's Word would be effective, that it would touch those it is 
intended to touch, and that unreasonable people would not have 
the advantage over us, but rather that they would be saved. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073-9162 

THE TWO SONS 

"But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came 
to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. He an- 
swered and said, I will not; but afterward he repented, and went. 
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered 
and said, I go sir; and went not. Whether of them twain did the will 
of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus said unto them, 
Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the 
kingdom of God before you." Matthew 21 :28-31 . 

We find this parable of Jesus to be quite interesting while con- 
taining a powerful lesson. We find a three-fold application; a his- 
torical teaching, a warning to earthly churches and an important 
iesson for individuals. 

First of all, we should look at whom the parabie was addressed 
to. Earlier in the chapter we are told that it was given to the chief 
priests and scribes. These were the "conservative" Jewish leaders 
at the time that Christ walked the Earth. We might have expected 
this parabie to be addressed to the Sadducees, the "liberal" Jews 
of that day. 

The first son, as we understand it, refers to the Gentiles. Con- 
trary to the teaching of theistic evolution mankind originally was 
aware of the One True God. Their refusal to continue to worship 
Him led them into the worship of many gods. We believe Jesus is 



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speaking of the time when many of the Gentiles would accept Him 
as their Lord. In fact, there is indication in Scripture that a few 
Gentiles may have done so during Christ's earthly ministry. The 
second son, according to our understanding, refers to the "conser- 
vative" Jews who claimed to be following the True God. They fol- 
lowed many man-made rituals to accomplish this but refused Gods 
gift of grace through the Lord Jesus Christ. It is important to recog- 
nize that though the Jews were God's chosen people (predestina- 
tion) they still had the free will to reject this offer. 

We would now like to think of how this parable applies to mod- 
ern day "conservative'' churches. The first son could be applied to 
"liberal" churches who see the error of their way and repent. But 
what about the second son? You will notice that the second son 
was very polite. He addressed his father as "sir." Likewise out- 
wardly conservative churches appear to have a great deal of re- 
spect for God and His Holy Word. They sing, "I'll go where you 
want me to go, dear Lord : I'll do what you want me to do." And they 
say that they mean every word of it. However, many of these find 
excuses for not practicing such things as the prayer veil for women 
along with the uncut hair that is to accompany this practice. The 
male members along with theirfemale counterparts follow the fash- 
ions of this world and call it humble living. While the tie was popular 
for many years, casual dress has replaced it in many congrega- 
tions to a large extent. Will this keep them out of the kingdom of 
God? We do not feel free to make that judgment. But the wrong 
attitude that often accompanies such actions can lead to outright 
rebellion. This will result in leading individuals away from the king- 
dom of God. 

This leads into our final thought. Individuals can be a part of a 
conservative group, even one that attempts to follow all the Word 
of God, and still not be a part of the kingdom of God (saved). They 
can be tike the first son and refuse to follow the guidelines of the 
church but later repent and willingly do so. More important, they 
may be attempting to get to Heaven by their own good works and 
realize their error and repent. Or they may be like the second son 
and say "amen" to church rules and regulations while ignoring them. 
Much more important, they may be making excuses for not follow- 
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so after affirming their belief that Jesus Christ is Lord and the Bible 
is the Word of God. 

May we each examine our heart to see if we are like the first or 
the second son. Have we truly repented of our human carnal na- 
ture? Do we truly acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives or 
merely give it mental assent? Remember if you happen to be a 
'publican" (despised tax collector that lies and cheats) or a "harlot" 
(natural or spiritual) the door of mercy is open to you. The blood of 
Jesus Christ can cleanse you from all sins. The Bible teaches you 
should repent and be baptized if you have not done so. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS 

Harold S. Martin 

The Book of Ecclesiastes (in the Bible) gives King Solomon's 
experiences when trying to find happiness "under the sun." The 
phrase "under the sun" simply means that Solomon was trying to 
find happiness here on earth, under the sun, apart from God. We 
want to look at some of the things that Solomon tried, and found 
inadequate, in his pursuit of happiness. 

1 . SOLOMON TRIED LUXURY 

Solomon first surmised that the material things of life would fill 
the vacuum in his soul. Thus he gave himself to the purchase of 
possessions, hoping to satisfy the hunger in his heart. He filled his 
coffers and made his barns bulge. His wealth was immense; his 
palace was magnificent; his household was huge. If he wanted to 
build something, he built it. If he wanted to do anything, he did it. 
Read Ecclesiastes 2:4-11. If any man could have found perma- 
nent pleasure in material things, King Solomon should have been 
that man. 

Did all this material wealth make Solomon happy? Did it fill the 
aching emptiness of his heart? Listen to his own words in 
Ecclesiastes 2:11, "Then I looked on all the works that my hands 



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had wrought, and behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit." 
Happiness cannot be found in luxuries and material things. 

2. SOLOMON TRIED LEARNING 

When King Solomon discovered that material prosperity does 
not give peace of mind, he turned to another pursuit. He gave 
himself to the acquiring of knowledge, hoping by this to stifle the 
monotony that haunted his earthly life. Read Ecclesiastes 117- 

18. 

Solomon became a prolific student. A careful study of the book 
of Proverbs reveals the comprehensive reach of this man's mind. 
He knew the natural environment of the beast of the field; he un- 
derstood the nature of the flight of the bird in the air; he knew the 
customs of the fish in the sea. Solomon burned the midnight oil. 
He drank deeply from the well of knowledge— but even this never 
brought peace and happiness. A formal academic education is 
useful and is required as a preparation for many jobs in life, but the 
training of the mind does not insure peace in the heart. And so in 
the search for happiness, we find that learning is not the answer. 

3. SOLOMON TRIED LIQUOR 

After discovering that luxury and learning would not satisfy the 
deeper needs of the soul, Solomon turned to drinking. He thought 
perhaps that in wine, he could find the answer to the problems of 
life. Read Ecclesiastes 2:3 in the Bible. Being a man of wealth, 
Solomon ordered the best beverages that the times could produce- 
but he soon discovered (like many others since his day) that "Wine 
is a mocker, and strong drink is raging, and whosoever is deceived 
thereby, is not wise. :! 

Liquor never brings permanent satisfaction. One who is under 
the influence of alcohol (for a short while) is transported out of the 
land of hard reality into the land of make-believe—and there for a 
while he can laugh at his problems— but when the drug wears off, 
he is right back where he started. Drinking is not the way to try to 
solve life's problems. 

4.SOLOMONTRIEDLUST 

Solomon found no solution to his monotony in luxury and liquor 



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and learning, and so he turned to lust. He married 700 women and 
had 300 concubines (see I Kings 11:1-3). If anyone seems to be 
envious of Solomon and his 700 wives, keep in mind that this meant 
700 birthdays to remember, and certainly lots of "in-law" problems. 
No wonder Solomon concludes in Ecclesiastes 7:26, "And I find 
more bitter than death, the woman whose heart is snares and nets, 
and whose hands are fetters." And so we see that lust toward 
many strange women did not satisfy the emptiness of Solomon's 
heart. 

Some people seem to think that finding a new married partner 
will bring happiness in life, but in most cases the new marital ar- 
rangement is less than ideal. Others seek experiences with a vari- 
ety of sexual partners— but the guilt, and the danger of contacting 
AIDS, and the displeasure such conduct brings to God — can never 
lead to happiness. 

5. SOLOMON TURNED TO THE LORD 

The message of the Bible is that apart from God life is full of 
weariness and disappointment. King Solomon was gifted with a 
keen intellect; he was versed in the affairs of human life; he was fed 
with every dainty this earth could produce. But still he was a stranger 
to the sweet peace which every human heart craves. There is 
nothing under the sun that can permanently satisfy the thirsty heart. 
Solomon found that life with all its experiences, is but emptiness 
and a striving after the wind — if it is lived apart from God. 

But Solomon did not let the matter rest with seeking happiness 
in luxury and learning and the other earthly pursuits. He turned to 
the Lord. He says, "I know that it will be well with those that fear 
God" (Ecclesiastes 8:12). It is vain to seek happiness under the 
sun. Instead, we should fear God, and remember our Creator and 
serve Him, because He is going to bring every work into judgment. 
We are told in the Bible that God loves each individual human be- 
ing, and that He sent Jesus to die in our piace so that we might be 
free from the penalty for sin, and have everlasting life (John 3:16). 
Jesus stands ready to come into our lives if we are willing to open 
the door of our hearts to Him (Revelation 3:20). Why not give your 
heart to Jesus today? He says that those who come to Him will not 
be cast out (John 6:37). 



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IN TIMES LIKE THESE 

We read the headlines daily 

and listen to the news ; 
We shake our heads despairingly 

and glumly sing the blues, 
We are restless and dissatisfied 

and we do not feel secure, 
We are vaguely discontented 

with the things we must endure... 
This violent age we live in 

is filled with nameless fears 
As we listen to the newscasts 

that come daily to our ears, 
And we view the threatening future 

with sad sobriety 
As we're surrounded daiiy 

by increased anxiety... 
How can we find security 

or stand on solid ground 
When there's violence and dissension 

and confusion all around; 
Where can we go for refuge 

from the rising tides of hate, 
Where can we find a haven 

to escape this shameful fate... 



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So instead of reading headlines 

that disturb the heart and mind, 
Let us open up the Bible 

and in doing so we'll find 
That this age is no different 

from the millions gone before, 
But in every hour of crisis 

God has opened up a door 
For all who seek His guidance 
and trust His all-wise plan, 
For God provides protection 

beyond that devised by man... 
And we learn that each tomorrow 

is not ours to understand, 
But lies safely in the keeping 

of the great Creator's Hand, 
And to have the steadfast knowledge 

that we never walk alone 
And to rest in the assurance 

that our every need is known 
Will help dispel our worries, 
our anxieties and care, 
For doubt and fear are vanquished 
in the peacefulness of prayer. 

-Selected by Sister Marie Sines 

THE BOY AND THE MAN 

The Copper Kettle 

J. H. Moore 

It was while living in this community that the copper kettle inci- 
dent occurred, of which mention has been made in my book, "Our 



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Saturday Night." The story may be worth telling here: In our or- 
chard we had a lot of Rambo apples, which my parents wished to 
convert into apple butter, but after inquiry could learn of no copper 
kettle. At a meeting one Sunday in our schoolhouse, where Elder 
David Wolf preached, a neighbor told my father of a Pennsylva- 
nian, living some distance away, who had a copper kettle. Early 
Monday morning with the two horses and big wagon I was started 
out in quest of that kettle. Finally I drove up to the well-improved 
little farm, that had been pointed out as the place where the man of 
Pennsylvania lived. Walking into the neatly-kept yard, I met a pleas- 
ant-looking gentleman, and asked if his name was Mr. . On 

answering me in the affirmative, I informed him of the purpose of 
my call, telling where I lived, promising to take good care of the 
kettle, and stating I would pay him for the use of it. He replied by 
saying that he had a large copper kettle, but would neither lend it 
nor hire it out. Feeling the disappointment keenly, I apologized as 
best I could for troubling him, at the same time telling him that while 
at the meeting the day before my father had been told that he had 
such a kettle, and that is the way we happened to know about it. 
He asked me where we attended meeting. I told him. Then he 
asked who preached. "Elder David Wolf," I replied. "To what church 
does he belong?" he eagerly inquired. 'The Dunkard church," I 
responded. "Is your father a member of the Dunkard church?" he 
asked. I told him he was. "All right," says he, "he can have the 
kettle and is perfectly welcome to it. I used to know these people 
back in Pennsylvania where I came from, and they were honest 
and would take good care of things." I was soon on my way home 
with the kettle and had a most interesting story to tell my parents. 
Several days later the kettle was returned, in prime condition, along 
with a good sample of the apple butter we had made. 

The incident did all of us a lot of good. We felt proud of the 
reputation of the church of which we were the only members for 
miles around. All through life the thought of church members hav- 
ing the reputation of being honest, and doing the fair thing by oth- 
ers, has never left me. 

The Educated Family 

While still living near Payson I was a live wire among the young 
people of the community. I was busy at work six days out of the 



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week, and [ike others of my age, was here and there on Sunday. 
We always walked to the points we wished to reach. There was no 
thought of riding. With the young men I got along nicely. There was 
some quarreling, and even fighting, in the community, but I never 
got into a quarrel or a fight. I preferred diplomacy in place of physi- 
cal contests. It was the better method, and enabled the fellow who 
kept cool to get things about as he wanted them in the end. 

In the way of company and culture I met up with a condition 
that proved helpful to me all through my young manhood. There 
lived in the community a well-educated family, consisting of father 
mother four grown daughters and two younger children. In her 
earlier days the mother had been favored with considerable expe- 
rience as a teacher in graded schools, while the father rather 
boasted of his knowledge of grammar and polished English. The 
four girls were well educated, though I never knew one of them to 
attend their district school. Under the careful guidance of their 
mother they were taught at home, and when old enough were sent 
to high school. When properly prepared for the work they usually 
taught during the winter months and attended select schools in the 
summer. They were sensible, ladyiike, intelligent, interesting and 
possessed a high type of womanhood. I got into the good graces 
of these girls, and spend many a Sunday hour with them, some- 
times with one, and then with another. Our being together was not 
a matter of courtship, but friendship. Being thus much with girls of 
culture, education, and a high type of ideal womanhood, gave to 
me a training which, at this time of my life, was of more value to 
me, as a young man, than wealth. The whole experience was an 
incentive leading up to the higher ideals of life. Their training for 
the better class of society, their association with this class of people 
when in town, or away at school, along with their familiarity with 
good literature, proved an inspiration to me. Our friendship contin- 
ued as long as we remained in this part of the State, and now as I 
look back over life I am wondering how I would have fared had it 
not been for the elevating and purifying Influence that came to me 
by associating with these girls. 

Learning to Paint 

But while enjoying these associations there came into my ex- 
perience what was to prove the stepping-stone leading up to my 



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real mission in life. In addition to being a farmer and a carpenter 
my father was also a good house painter, grainer and paper hanger. 
When time from his farm work would permit he painted houses and 
barns for the farmers. When 1 was a little past sixteen years of age 
he decided to take me with him and teach me to paint. I was de- 
lighted with the idea, and took to painting like a duck to water. I 
soon got on to handling the brush, laying on the paint properly, and 
with spliced ladders could easily climb to the highest part of any 
farm building. It was not long until I was mixing colors and doing 
some of the graining in the less-used rooms of houses. I buckled 
down to the study of painting, and especially graining, as enthusi- 
astically as I had studied penmanship. In fact, part of the time I 
carried on both studies at once. Now and then, having an opportu- 
nity to go to Quincy, a distance of eighteen miles, I would walk the 
streets by the hour, studying the fine samples of graining displayed 
on the front doors. Into buildings that I was permitted to enter I 
went for no other purpose than to examine the graining of the best 
of painters, and then spent hours, sketching on paper the type of 
work done. The outcome of all this was that in less than one year I 
was doing all of the oak graining for my father. 

This occasionally involved me in some amusing "scrapes," as 
Lincoln one time said of what he got into by being elected presi- 
dent. We had a fine house to paint for a well-to-do farmer, who 
took pride in having things done up-to-date. Graining was all the 
go then for the best rooms, and so he wanted the best going. Fa- 
ther sent me ahead to prime the house and get the more important 
inside rooms ready for graining, it being father's part to grain the 
mahogany and maple while I would do the oak. it was all right with 
the old farmer as long as I had work enough on the outside of the 
house to keep me busy, but when he saw me at work on what were 
to be the best finished rooms in the house he grew nervous, and 
every day or two he would ask when the "old gentleman" was com- 
ing. He even suggested that I work on some of the other rooms 
until the arrival of father. In due time father came, and the old 
farmer took him to one side and tried to impress on his mind the 
necessity of giving the special work his personal attention. Father 
smiled a little and then told the farmer how we worked matters of 
that sort. 



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OBITUARY 

VIRGIL A. LEATHERMAN 

Brother Virgil Arlington Leatherman was born January 12, 1917, 
to Minor and Mary (Hardy) Leatherman, in Antioch, West Virginia. 
He departed this life on April 20, 2002, at the age of 85 years, 3 
months, and 8 days, at the Brethren Home, where he had been 
residing about eighteen months. 

He spent his early years farming in West Virginia. He was bap- 
tized at an early age, into the Ridge Congregation of the Dunkard 
Brethren Church. He was united in marriage to Sister Ethel Blanche 
O'Brien on April 26, 1 939. They would have been married 63 years. 

In 1940, he and Sister Ethel moved to Mt. Airy, Maryland, where 
he worked on his uncle's farm. At this time, he transferred his mem- 
bership to the Walnut Grove Congregation. He was elected into 
the ministry on December 12, 1969, and was ordained an eider 
February 23, 1985. He remained a faithful member there until his 
death. 

They moved to the Littlestown area, where he was employed 
with Aristokraft Cabinetry for thirty-eight years until his retirement 
in 1979. His expertise in wood was well known. 

He is survived by his living wife, Ethel, sons, Douglas, and his 
wife, Nadine, of Aurora, Illinois, Dwight, and his wife, Charlene, of 
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and daughter, Shiriey, and her husband, 
Fred Miller, of Aspers, Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, and six 
great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Ralph C. Leatherman of 
Frederick, Maryland, and Charles E. Leatherman, of Wauseon, Ohio, 
and a sister, Myra Rodetruck of Winchester, Virginia. He was pre- 
deceased by a brother Garland, and a sister Irene Harris. 

Funeral services were held April 23, 2002, at Little's Funeral 
Home in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. Officiating ministers were El- 
ders Frank E. Shaffer and Paul Nell. Entombment was in Oakland 
Memorial Gardens in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 

The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, acts 
of kindness, the beautiful flowers and support during this difficult 
time. Virgil will be remembered by his family and friends for many 
years to come. 



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SAFELY HOME 

I am home in Heaven, dear ones, 
Oh, so happy and so bright! 

There is perfect joy and beauty 
In this everlasting light. 

All the pain and grief is over, 

Every restless tossing passed; 

I am now at peace forever, 

Safely home in Heaven at last. 

Did you wonder I so calmly 

Trod the valley of the shade? 

Oh! but Jesus' love illumined 
Every dark and fearful glade. 

And He came Himself to meet me 
In that way so hard to tread; 

And with Jesus' arm to lean on, 

Could I have one doubt or dread? 

Then you must not grieve so sorely, 
For I love you dearly still; 

Try to look beyond earth's shadows, 
Pray to trust our Father's Will. 

There is work still waiting for you, 
So you must not idly stand; 

Do it now, while life remaineth — 
You shall rest in Jesus' land. 

When that work is all completed, 
He will gently call you Home; 

Oh, the rapture of that meeting, 
Oh, the joy to see you come! 



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whom they meet with regularly, there are many more people who 
could enjoy their Biblical legacy. 

Please consider sharing some of your thoughts from your Bible 
studies with the readers of the Bible Monitor. You would be help- 
ing others as they also study His Word and you will be providing 
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The Editor will be looking forward to receiving your piece, long 
or short, and so will our readers. Thank you for sharing as we 
together travel the road toward Heaven. May God bless each in 
your study of His Word. 

The Editor 

NEWS ITEMS 

NOTICE 

The 2002 General Conference tapes are now available. There 
are a total of ten tapes. Cost of a complete set is $15.00 pp. 
Individual tapes are $2.00 each pp. Please send your order to 
Paul Stump, 10340 Diamond Mill Rd., Englewood, OH 45322, 
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MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 

Revival Meetings to be held at Mohier's Congregation, 



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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, July 14 through 21, 2002. Brother 
Jim Meyers, Dallas Center, Iowa, will be the evangelist. Please 
pray for these meetings. All are welcome for a season of fellow- 
ship and worship. 

On May 19, 2002, we had a baptism. Nathan Aldinger was 
added to the church. We rejoice in this and request you prayers 
that others may see their need of salvation and come forward in 
obedience to our Lord. 

Sister Ruth N.Miller, Cor. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

The Quinter Congregation is prayerfully anticipating our revival 
to begin, Sunday July 14 with Bro. Phil Gish as our evangelist. The 
meetings will close with Lovefeast on, Saturday, July 20, continu- 
ing services into, Sunday, July 21 . We invite you to join us for this 
time of revival and renewal. 

Sister Ruth Clark, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Home Congregation will hold their 
Revival Meetings, July 14 through July 21 , 2002. Bro. Bob Lehigh 
of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania will be our evangelist. We welcome 
your presence and your prayers. 

Sister Carol Walker, Cor. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Shrewsbury Congregation is looking for- 
ward to another Revival Meeting this summer. Bro. Paul Skiles from 
the Torreon Mission in New Mexico plans to be with us from July 28 
through August 4. You are cordially invited to come, worship, pray, 
and fellowship with us. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 



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BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

Lord willing, Bethel Congregation is looking forward to a Re- 
vival, August 11 through 18, 2002. Bra. Mark Andrews from 
Grandview, Missouri plans to be the evangelist. Pray, come, and 
enjoy our worship time together. How many times have we missed 
blessings because we thought someone else should do our work 
the Lord has for us. 

The Bethel School is also looking for three teachers for the 
2002-2003 school year. Teachers are needed for grades 1 and 2, 
3 and 4, 5 and 6. 

Sister Fern Wolfe, Cor. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The Englewood Congregation plans to have a Revival, August 
25 through 31 , Brother Rod Renicker will be our message bearer. 
Times: 9:30 Saturday A.M., 6:30 Sunday P.M., 7:30 P.M. week days. 
Your presence and prayers would be greatly appreciated. 

Our welcome is extended to our September 22 Harvest Meet- 
ing. If the Lord wills, Brother Tom St. John will bring the message. 
This replaces the usual morning preaching service. 

After much meditation and leading of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 
Martin from Kentucky, fulfilled his desire for Christian baptism. The 
service took place after Sunday morning service. Praise the Lord 
for His drawing power— even for the young. May our prayers be a 
constant encouragement for his Christian growth. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 
SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Swallow Falls Congregation will be holding Revival Meet- 
ings and Lovefeast Services in November instead of the usual dates 
in August, Lord willing. 

Sister Ed ithYoder, Cor. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR AUGUST 

2002 

August 4 -Final Thought -I Cor. 16:13-24 

1 . Explain the phrase "Quit you like men". 

2. How can we become addicted to the ministry of the saints? 

August 11 - Paul's Afflictions a Source of Consolation - II Cor. 1:1- 
14 

1 . Is it possible for the sufferings of Christ to abound in us 
who live in America? 

2. Paul was comforted by God in all of his tribulation, but 
what seems to be the source of his rejoicing in verse 1 2? 

August 18- Paul Contemplates a Sorrowful Visit - II Cor. 1:15-2:1 1 

1. Because Paul had been unable to visit them as he had 
planned they accused him of deception and following the 
flesh; how can we deal with misunderstandings among 
God's people? 

2. In I Cor. 5 they were instructed to discipline a man living 
in sin; what was the outcome and what were they to do 
now? 

August 25 -An Epistle of Christ - II Cor. 2:12-3:6 

1. When all of our plans fall apart, our circumstances are 
very difficult, and we can't even explain the detours and 
disappointments, how can we know that God is in con- 
trol? 

2. How can we as Christians become an epistle known and 
read of all men? 



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YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

AUGUST 2002 

August 4 -God's Claim- Matt. 6:33, I Cor. 3:16-23, I Cor. 10:21-33 

1 . What things will God add if we are seeking His kingdom 
first? 

2. If all things are lawful for me, does that mean that I can 
do whatever I please? 

August 11 - Guidance - Ps. 23:1-6, Matt. 11:27-30, Luke 1:73-79, 
John 16:13-14 

1 . How does the Lord become our shepherd? 

2. If Jesus has received all things from the Father, such as 
light, truth, holiness, righteousness, and salvation, how 
do we acquire them for ourselves? 

August 18 - Flattery - Job 32:20-22, Ps. 78:35-38, Pr. 28:21-25, 
Mark12:13-17 

1. How can we give proper honor and respect to others 
without using flattery? 

2. In what ways can we flatter God with our mouth? 

August 25- Half Heartedness - II Kings 10:30-31, Luke 14:16-27, 
Acts 28:23-27, Heb. 2:1-3 

1. How can we have the love of Jesus and still obey His 
command to hate our father, mother, wife, children, broth- 
ers, and sisters? 

2. What is our answer to the great question "How shall we 
escape if we neglect so great salvation? 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 

3949S100E 

Peru, IN 36970 

Dennis St John, Secretary 
21 397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith ; Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1 734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Robert Carpenter. Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru. IN 46970 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2270 Co.Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford.CA 95386 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greeneastle, PA 17225 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Marl in Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Ronald Marks, Secretary 
1813 N. 136th Avenue 
Hart. Ml 49420 



Fred O. Pifer. Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Marie Sweitzer 
1 3227 Fishef Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Read 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton,OH 43501 

Rick St. John 

2578 County Road 20-2 

Arclibold, OH 43502 

Martin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Phil Franklin 

1520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95350 

Russell Kasza 

21968 MeinershaganRd. 

Higgensville MO 64037 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 374-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel.lA 50003 
(515)993-3028 

Lloyd Lorenz, Treasurer 
3949 S 1 00 E 
Peru, IN 44970 
(576)473-5045 

Gordon Jamison 
R 1 Box 136 
Quinter, KS 67752 
(785) 754-3639 

David Aungst 
334 Birds Hill Rd. 
Pine Grove, PA 17963 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed , Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, C A 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

Justin Beck 
4B0ShubertRd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Dale Meyers 
2369 F Ave. 
Redfield, IA 50063 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Phit Franklin. Secretary 
1520 Brannon Ave. 
Modesto, CA 95350 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Merle Sweitzer 
1 3227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Verling Wolfe 
115 Club Rd. 
Bethel, PA 1 9507 

All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his 
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BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LXXX AUGUST, 2002 NO 

"For the faith once delivered unto the saints' 1 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



MUST JESUS BEAR THE CROSS ALONE 

Must Jesus bear the cross alone 
And all the world go free? 
No, there's a cross for ev'ry one, 
And there's a cross for me. 

The consecrated cross I'll bear 
Till death shall set me free, 
And then go home my crown to wear, 
For there's a crown for me. 

Upon the crystal pavement, down 
At Jesus' pierced feet, 
Joyful I'll cast my golden crown, 
And his dear name repeat. 

O precious cross! O glorious crown! 
O resurrection day! 

May angels from the stars come down, 
And bear my soul away. 

-T. Shepherd 



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TEMPTED IN ALL POINTS LIKE AS WE ARE 

After Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River, He was led by the 
Holy Spirit into the desert. There He spent forty days in fasting and 
prayer. While fasting and praying, He was tempted by Satan. The 
most significant temptations came at the close of the forty day pe- 
riod. 

Forty days is a long time to go without food. It is considered 
the extreme in fasting. Many who fast must be hospitalized long 
before forty days. Jesus' physical hunger would have been ex- 
treme. Recognizing this extreme need, Satan was present to sug- 
gest what Jesus might do to meet the condition. He suggested that 
Jesus might simply turn a nearby stone into a loaf of bread. That 
would not have been impossible for Jesus. Later he was able to 
multiply the bread as He fed the five thousand and the four thou- 
sand. 

The first problem with Satan's suggestion was the language of 
the temptation. He said, "If thou be the Son of God". The implica- 
tion was that Jesus must do this to prove that He was the Son of 
God The Sonship of Jesus is a matter of faith not of a proving 
work. Satan was casting doubt upon Who He really was. 

This temptation involved a necessity. Bread is the staff of life. 
It represents to us those things that are needed for the sustenance 
of our physical lives. We are willing to do much for those necessi- 
ties. Are we even willing to do what is wrong and sinful? Jesus was 

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hungry but He resisted this temptation by quoting scripture He 
told Satan that man does not live by bread alone. As important as 
bread or the necessities are, they still are not the most important 

part of our lives. We must remember that the Spiritual realm of our 
lives is more important than even our physical necessities. 

Next Satan took Jesus to a high mountain where he was able 
to show Jesus all the present and future kingdoms of the world Bv 
his power he was able to show Him the United States and other 
great powers that would arise in future centuries. Satan stated that 
the power of these kingdoms was under his control. He offered to 
give Jesus this power if He would fall down and worship him Politi- 
cal power contains great military and social powers. These all come 
under Satan's authority. Jesus refused this temptation by telling 
Satan that only God should be worshipped not the political and 
national powers that be. Christians should not become entangled 
in political power, since it is a part of the kingdom of the world not 
the kingdom of God 

The last temptation was Satan taking Jesus up on the pinnacle 

of the Temple in Jerusalem. This would have been the highest 
point in the city at that time. This temptation was double-edged It 
contained a temptation in connection with the Temple which would 
imply a temptation to be religious rather than following God, 

In this temptation Satan quoted scripture trying to persuade 
Jesus to jump from the pinnacle. Satan said that the angels would 
catch Him and protect Him from any harm. With the combination of 

t? Th Tu. the US6 ° f SCriptUre ' Satan was tr V in 9 t0 P^suade 
Jesus that His personal safety was assured if He would only do as 

Satan suggested. To this temptation, Jesus answered with scrip- 

ture that no one should tempt the Lord thy God. How many times 

are we tempted to do less than what God would have us to do that 

we might preserve our safety. While we might not be in a life or 

death situation, we may want to preserve ourselves from ridicule 

discomfort, or annoyance. To be safe we may do less or say less 

or live less righteously if that will bring us safety. Our personal 

safety ,s important, but serving God is of more importance Will we 

overcome such a temptation when it comes? 



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Jesus met the challenges of Satan each time with scripture. If 
we are grounded in the Word of God, we will be able to defeat 
Satan's temptations. It is a sure thing that Satan will tempt us. He 
tempted Jesus, so he will also tempt the followers of Jesus. 

It was important that Jesus pass this test. If He had yielded to 
any of Satan's temptations, He would not have been the perfect, 
sinless, Lamb of God. It was necessary for Him to be perfect when 
He was crucified. With sin, He could not have been the Saviour of 
sinful men. He was the perfect Lamb of God offered as the Pass- 
over Lamb upon that Good Friday. His sacrifice was effective, sin- 
ful men could be saved. 

After Jesus had overcome Satan's attempts, Satan left Him for 
the time being. Instead of bread from a stone, He had angel's 
food. 

When Jesus went to Galilee to begin His public ministry, He 
went in great power. Since He had overcome Satan's temptations, 
He was able to minister to the people. 

Do you desire to overcome Satan's temptations, so you can 
serve others through the power of God? 

M.C.Cook 



STRAIGHTWAY 

"Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and 
Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 
And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you 
to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, 
and followed him." Mark 1:16-18. 

The word "straightway" is found eighty-two times in the Bible, 
forty-one of those times in the book of Mark. The word indicates 
an immediacy, an urgency which has to be addressed now. The 
word "straightway" is also used in Matthew 4:20, referring to the 
same account of Simon and Andrew. Jesus called, and immedi- 
ately they followed, in Luke 19 we read of Zacchaeus, a rich 
publican, who climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus. 



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Jesus looked up, saw Zacchaeus, and said, "Zacchaeus, make 
haste and come down: for today I must abide at thy house."' Verse 
six tells us, 'And he made haste, and came down, and received 
him joyfully;' 

These accounts show us that these men had an unwavering 
obedience toward Christ. When He spoke, they obeyed. 

The Apostle Paul was another. Acts, chapter nine, gives the 
account of Paul on the Damascus road. A light from heaven sur- 
rounded him and blinded him. He talked with Jesus and Jesus told 
him to go into the city and It shall be told thee what thou must do." 
Paul's willingness in verse six in saying "Lord, what wilt thou have 
me to do?" is worth noting. Ananias found him and told him, 'Brother 
Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as 
thou earnest, hast sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight. 
and be filled with the Hoiy Ghost." (verse 17) Verse 18 and 20; 
"And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: 
and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And 
straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the 
Son of God." Note the word "immediately" in verse 1 8 and "straight- 
way" again, in verse 20. The urgency is there. 

In Acts 16 we read of the vision Paul had, in which a man said, 
"Come over into Macedonia, and help us." (verse 9) Verse 10 tells 
us, "And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeav- 
oured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had 
called us for to preach the gospel unto them." Their response was 
immediate. Their obedience to God's call was without reservation. 

After reading these scriptures it is not hard to conclude what 
God expects of us. In Acts 1 7, verse 32 we have this account: "And 
when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: 
and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter." Nowhere 
does it say that those who waited ever found the Lord. Also, in Acts 
24:25, after hearing the testimony of Paul, "Felix trembled, and 
answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient sea- 
son, i will call for thee." We have no record of Felix ever calling for 
Paul again. 

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said, here am I, send me.' : Is God calling you, either to salvation or 
some special service? Why do you wait? By waiting, you are giv- 
ing credence to your own doubts and fears. Felix was afraid, that 
is why he put off salvation. Yet his immortal soul was in the bal- 
ance. If you put God off, He may just take your answer for a no. It 
was said of George Whitefield that he wept throughout his ser- 
mons. Often folks would mention this to him. "You blame me for 
weeping,' 1 he would say; "but how can I help it when you will not 
weep for yourselves? Your immortal souls are on the verge of 
destruction, and for all you know, you may be hearing your last 
sermon, and may never more have an opportunity to have Christ 
offered to you!" 

The message is urgent. God is calling. Are you unsaved? Do 
not hesitate one more second! You may not have another chance. 
Is God calling you to the mission field? The needs are great. People 
need God. These people afore mentioned did not hesitate. Are we 
hesitating? 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073-9162 



NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH WE 
HAVE DONE 

'Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but ac- 
cording to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, 
and renewing of the Holy Ghost." Titus 3:5. 

"For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall ex- 
ceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no 
case enter into the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:20. 

What should be the most basic teaching of Christianity has 
caused raging controversy ever since shortly after the establish- 
ment of the Church. The earthly church of today continues to 
struggle with this problem, causing great rifts and splits therein. 

Unfortunately, great masses of humanity do not even link sal- 
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the idea that good works, of themselves, will gain the gratitude and 
blessing of God. The "social gospel" though seldom referred to 
anymore is very much alive and well. Is it any wonder that many 
individuals who never take the time to gather for public worship 
and practice sinfui habits contrary to the Word of God believe they 
will get to Heaven because they "have a good heart and are willing 
to help others?" 

While this situation is sad, it is even more disheartening that 
there are individuals who are giving their time and energy to "things 
of the Lord" who have never experienced the saving knowledge of 
Jesus Christ. It is possible to deny oneself from "the things of this 
world" and never have a salvation experience. 

Praise God, it is according to His mercy that He saved us. Not 
one individual was ever or will ever be good enough to meet the 
standards of a Holy God perfectly. Like the lepers of old we have to 
cry out "unclean, unclean." 

God saved us by the washing of regeneration. We who are 
redeemed are washed in the blood of the Lamb. While we person- 
ally believe that baptism is the final work of salvation, the waters of 
baptism cannot wash away our sin. The Word of God can be sym- 
bolic of a cleansing but unless it brings one to the "fountain filled 
with blood, drawn from Immanuel's veins," it is without the power to 
change lives. 

God saved us through the renewing of the Holy Ghost While 
we never arrive at perfection in this life, we are given the ability to 
live above sin. To use the excuse that God saved us by His mercy 
to condone sin in a Christian's life is to ignore Scripture. After sal- 
vation it is no longer our righteousness that is lived out but the 
righteousness of Jesus Christ enabled by the Holy Spirit. 

That was the problem with the scribes and the Pharisees. First 
of all, they depended on a religious system to gain favor with God 
The same problem exists today. All the religious systems of today 
extend an appeal to find satisfaction in some form of a god. If we 
were to believe a major portion of Christianity today we would come 
to the conclusion that the scribes and Pharisees were right and 
Jesus Christ was wrong! According to them Jesus Christ had a 
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Secondly, they added their own rules and regulations to God's 
instructions. We are aware that many accuse the plain churches of 
doing this very same thing. It has had an effect upon our own 
Dunkard Brethren Church. While there is danger in making certain 
rules synonymous with salvation, there is also another extreme. 
Several years ago there was what was called the "Jesus people 
movement.'' Some of these groups ended up as mind control cults. 
While teaching such things as modest dress for women and uncut 
hair it was mixed with quite unorthodox teachings and practices. 
Perhaps this was the start of the current warnings against following 
the teachings of men rather than God which ended up ignoring or 
re-interpreting portions of God's Word. 

Of course the greatest problem with the scribes and the Phari- 
sees was that they rejected Jesus Christ. The second phase of our 
opening verse reads, "Which he shed on us abundantly through 
Jesus Christ our Savior," The salvation life is the abundant life. Not 
only do we have Heaven to look forward to but the blessing of God 
in this life. All too often we depend on our work to supply our needs 
and forget about the promises of God. This does not mean that we 
should be sluggards. When we come to the point that we can not 
give at least one day to God from our labors for fear of economic 
failure we have lost the value of salvation. 

The last phrase of this verse reads : "That being justified by his 
grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal 
life." As pleasant as life may be for some of us and as joyous as 
worshipping together should be there is no comparison to what we 
have to look forward to. We have been justified, made righteous 
through Christ. We have been and are being sanctified, set apart 
for His Kingdom. We will be glorified, made perfect in heavenly 
places. As the song writer says, "Oh that will be glory for me." 

In conclusion, let us not glory in our own righteousness. Let us 
be careful in judging others by our standards in place of Bible stan- 
dards. Let each of us search their own heart to see if their lifestyle 
matches that given in God's Holy Word. May Heaven be our goal 
and Jesus Christ our perfect example and redeemer. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 



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WHAT IS ESSENTIAL FOR SALVATION: OR IS 
CIRCUMCISION NECESSARY? 

Acts 15:1-12 
After a long time" (ch. 14 v. 26), some "certain men" came 
down from Judea and began teaching the brethren at Antioch and 
insisting that they couid not be saved unless they kept the whole 
Law - and became Jews, including going through the rite of cir- 
cumcision. Of course, this made a big problem, because the Lord 
had obviously revealed His will to the contrary. Paul and Barnabas 
had a big argument and debate with them. 

So, Paul and Barnabas (with some others) were sent on an- 
other journey. This time, it was to go up to Jerusalem to "the apostles 
and elders" and present this guestion on circumcision. 

As they were traveling, they told all the churches on the way 
about how many Gentiles were being converted. This, of course, 
caused great joy among the churches of Samaria, who were not 
considered to be full blooded Jews, anyway! (Remember that Philip 
had ministered here.) It almost seems Paul and Barnabas were 
rallying support for their cause! Or, maybe they were so full of joy 
of the Lord that they were just overflowing with their witness and 
testimony. Anyway, they safely arrived at Jerusalem. 

When they arrived at Jerusalem, the apostles and elders re- 
ceived them, and listened to the work that God had been perform- 
ing on Paul and Barnabas's first missionary journey. They told of all 
the Gentiles who had become believers, and how that God had 
blessed the work, and established churches in all those places! 
There was only one "slight" problem! All those new Gentile believ- 
ers were not circumcised. And certain of the sect of the Pharisees 
had a big problem with this. Now these who were from the sect of 
the Pharisees were believers in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, or 
they would not have associated with "this bunch' 1 at all. But they 
were not willing to lay aside the old for the new. (Jesus talked 
about putting new wine into old wineskins, and how the bottles would 
crack and break if such a thing were done. But these folks did not 
get it. They were not able to make the application of putting new 
wine into old bottles to the role of the Mosaic Law in this new reli- 
gion.) 



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So they held what we today call the first council meeting (or 
General Conference). It was on a wider scale then just one church 
congregation (verse 6). After much disputing, Peter gave the first 
major speech. This was fitting and proper, because it was through 
Peter that the first Gentile was taken in and received the Holy Ghost 
without question (see Acts 10 and 11). Peter gave a good sum- 
mary report of the matter. After Peter's report, the multitude kept 
silent, and listened to the report of Paul and Barnabas. 

Summary Thought. ..Don't become so caught up in your par- 
ticular style of worship or religion that you "put God in a box." While 
we should not just "fall for anything," yet we need to exercise cau- 
tion that we do not limit the Holy Spirit's working among us to the 
extent that He just leaves. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Brother Robert S. Lehigh 



MODESTY 

At this past General Conference I had to ask myself, "How are 
others defining modesty?" 

Just recently my husband and I read a book entitled E very Man's 
Battle by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker. It was on how a 
man always struggles with keeping his mind and life pure in the 
eyes of God. It made me realize that there are many ways that we 
as women are causing men to sin. Our dress is one way. The way 
we walk and hold our bodies are other ways. Do the sisters out 
there realize what we are doing to men by the way we make and 
wear our dresses? 

I ask the fathers and men out there. Deep down in your heart, 
mind and thought life, what happens within you when you see a 
sister wearing a tight long skirt with a slit up the back or front? Or 
a tight dress that shows ladies' body form? Or a low neck dress? 
Or a dress made out of material that can be seen through? Or a 
short dress that barely covers the knee? What did you think of 
when I just wrote about these things? Is your mind right? 

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ters/wives to wear these clothes when it causes men to struggle? 
This is every man's battle, what are we doing to help in the battle? 

Before I read the above mentioned book I always thought that 
it was the man's problem and he had to straighten out his life, I did 
not need to watch what I did. He was supposed to be in control of 
his thought life and eyes. I was wrong, if I cause a man to sin 
because of the clothes I wear or the way I act I am just as guilty. 

I did a little research and want to know what you think. What 
are the fathers and men thinking on this subject? 

Modesty, what is it? What does it mean? I looked it up in the 
dictionary and this is the meaning. 1 . The state or quality of being 
modest. 2. Reserve or propriety (proper) in speech, dress, or be- 
havior. 3. Lack of pretentiousness (Claiming or demanding a posi- 
tion of distinction or merit. Making an extravagant outer show). 
Modest means: 1 . Having or showing a moderate estimation of one's 
own talents, abilities, and value. 2. Having a shy and retiring na- 
ture; reserved, 3. Having a regard for decencies of behavior or 
dress. 4. Quiet and humble in appearance; unpretentious. 5. Mod- 
erate; not extreme. 

According to the definition of modesty are we as sisters dress- 
ing and acting in a reserved or in a proper way? Are we dressing 
or acting in a pretentious way? What do you as men think and feel 
when sisters dress in this way? 

What are we as parents, doing to help fight the battle? Satan is 
ever strong and he wants our people, not just young people. He 
wants us all to fall to him. This is a true battle that we face today. 
How do the men and fathers actually feel about modesty? What do 
the men and fathers define as modesty? How do the men and 
fathers say we fight the battle? 

What ARE we doing to fight this battle? 

Sister Mabel Chupp 



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KENYA KNOTES 

June 23, 2002 — Safe Arrival 

Hello everyone. I just thought that I would spread the word that 
Jere, Debra and their family made it safely to Africa. Ray : s got 
home about 6:00 this evening and they had a safe trip from Nairobi. 
Things are very busy here and the children are very excited and 
having lots of fun. I will go for now. Just wanted to let you know that 
everyone was "home' ! safe. 

Love, 
Nancy 

We're Here 

We have arrived! Do not worry, once we got on the plane in 
Detroit we did great! We did miss the call for the people for chil- 
dren to go first, so it was a rough time getting down the aisle to our 
seats. We were so thankful though, that the man at the gate en- 
couraged us to check through some of our carry ons. We checked 
through two of them. That really helped. We were in the center 
aisle and had three seats in two rows. It was nice except we did not 
get to look out very much. Jeremiah found an empty row to show 
the children out a few times. Micaiah was just thrilled with the en- 
tire ride and never tired of it. He kept asking questions and amus- 
ing the people nearby. Hosanna spent the first leg, to Amsterdam, 
looking sad and talking about missing people. By the time we got 
on our plane in Amsterdam, she was fine. We left Detroit at 7:45 
RM. and still had two hours in Amsterdam. We spent an hour in a 
children's playroom there, then got on the next flight. We left there 
at 1 1 :00 A.M. and got to Nairobi at 8:00 A.M. It went so well. We 
thank everyone for their prayers! Getting our visas went so fast, I 
could not believe it. By the time we saw Ray and Cheryl we were 
worn out. We had a good night's rest at the Mennonite Guesthouse. 
We worshipped with the Mennonites in Nakuru this morning and 
had dinner at Allen's. It has been a good day of fellowship and it is 
good to be back in Kenya. The house here does not seem like the 
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June 24, 2002 — Our First Day At Home 

This was a beautiful sunny day in Kenya! It was neat to see the 
new house. The masons are doing the final mudding on the out- 
side of the house. They were working on the veranda walls and 
that is the last of that. Ray was cutting boards for the ceiling of the 
main floor. Jeremiah helped up at the house for a while, then he 
went to visit Hosea in town. We waited dinner for him for a while 
and then went ahead and ate. He came in just as we finished and 
I knew right away that he had been fed already. He was so tickled 
because he had had ugolil Nancy did laundry for all of us today 
and I started unpacking. So much stuff and so little space! The 
children got along wonderfully. We have had different people stop 
in to see us. Florence was the first, last night, shortly after we 
arrived here. Today, Gilbert and Alice, Phanuel and Esta, and a 
few boys we knew, came. They (the boys) certainly remembered 
us better than we remembered them. We had a nap, as last night 
was not so good. Jerusha was up at 1:30, and ready to go. She 
woke the other two. They are all in a double bed. Finally, after two 
hours, Jeremiah brought her to our bed. So then we had both the 
younger ones with us. That is not my style! We are all pretty tired. 
We have ice cream in the making for Hosanna's birthday. Ray ! s 
were all excited about the ice cream maker we brought. Ray had 
faith enough to get the ingredients to make it before they picked us 
up at the airport! Cheryl made a cake and Cherilyn and Kimberly 
decorated it. 

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25 and 26, 2002 

I have been sick. I have never had such an upset stomach in 
all my life. It seemed to start on Monday night. I was so weak and 
sick-feeling this morning that I slept most of the morning. This af- 
ternoon was better. I feel a lot more normal and can actually work 
at unpacking. 

Tuesday: More people stopped by today to see us. That was 
nice. We felt terribly groggy today because the children were awake 
so much last night. They were up from 1:00 A.M. to 4:00 A.M., 
between the four of them. We had Nancy awake too, as she sleeps 
in the living room while Stuart and she are both here. I think Ray 
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let the children sleep much! Today was Nancy's birthday. She and 
Stuart ate supper in Kitale, then we had cappachino and hot choco- 
late, and birthday balloons. It was fun. The guys are working hard 
at the house. 

Wednesday: Last night went better. The older two slept the 
entire night and Jerusha was up only a half hour. Matthias squirmed 
and was awake for two hours, but I dozed some and kept pushing 
his pacifier in. Jeremiah worked on plumbing today, and was he 
ever dirty! He enjoyed it though, as that is down his line. Just 
looking up at the new house I can see that it is coming along. Ray 
has a lot of the tresses up. Between our children here, and the 
neighbor children, it gets to be a zoo at times. After so much, 
someone sent them home. We had a beautiful rain this evening. 
Nancy made chichen-etti for supper, and it was really good. Nancy, 
Cherilyn and I walked to town this afternoon and got the mail. Then 
we went to Hosea's shop, it was good to visit with them. I carried 
Matthias on my back, and everyone looks at the new white baby. It 
is time for bed and it is still raining. The girls all played real nice 
with the new Playful Patterns game that was given to Hosanna for 
her birthday. Goodnight. 

Hello, this is Jere ; June 27, 2002 

I have been doing plumbing at the new house. It is going to be 
a really nice place. I am cutting all the 1/2 inch pipe with a hack 
saw and threading it with a hand threader. (The reason is the PVC 
here is very low quality and if a joint is moved once it is set it will 
leak. Also the fittings are not consistent, usually too big to fit so 
they slop around.) It is going rather slow. I have done the bath- 
room in the main part of the house (sink, tub and toilet hook-ups). 
I pressure tested it and found all my joints were holding (I was 
worried) but one tee and one elbow were bad!! So I will need to 
replace them. Also to lay the pipe we cut channels in the bricks in 
the wall but that is rather easy in part because I am being helped 
by one of the young boys here and also the bricks are rather soft 
(you can cut them with a utility knife). Today though I went to Kitale 
with Ray to get more supplies. So I did not get much done today. I 
think the teeth on the pipe threader are going bad, so that is going 



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much slower. But we are having a good time all in all. Stuart is 
always teasing me so that keeps things lively. Well, Id better go 

Jeremiah 
This morning was rather cool and damp because of the rain 
last evening. But the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. I 
finally had a full night's sleep, as the children seem to be adjusted 
to the new time zone. My stomach is still a little touchy but I do feel 
a lot better. Everyone else seems to be well and the boys' coughs 
seem to be gone. Matthias still has this nasty red "rash" on his 
face. I am treating it with something like gentian violet that they 
have here. Jeremiah worked on plumbing or water lines today. 
Ray and Stuart were up on the roof and got several sheets of tin 
(they call it steel) up. Jeremiah likes the ground better!! This after- 
noon Cheryl and I went to a baby party for Moses Entabo's baby 
girl. She is the sweetest little thing. Her name is Penninah Joy. I 
had the privilege of dressing her. It was great to see the ladies 
from church. There are a lot of the same ones here, but there are 
new ones, too. It was a good time of fellowship and reminder that 
we are back in Kenya! I just love to hear and watch them sing. The 
children are really red tonight, as it was a little muddy today. So it is 
time to wash up. Peter Musumba stopped by. He is really proud of 
his newborn, Merle Sweitzer. This is his first boy after three girls. 
Love to all. 

June 28, 2002 

Today was cool and partly cloudy. Some of the church people 
are working the maize shamba between this house and the new 
house. One lady has an eight month old baby girl, and we often 
hear her howling. I often have to stop and think whether it is one of 
our children! I finished unpacking everything today. It is good to be 
done with that. Nancy washes all the dirty clothes every day. You 
never know when we will not be able to, because of the rain. She 
gets a real early start so the clothes can be dry before the rain. It 
came at 3:00 P.M. today, and did it ever! We had several bouts of 
hail (like peas) along with it. But the guys never came down from 
the new house! They had enough of it up that they were protected. 
Most of the little girls were up there too, and they were not im- 



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pressed! When it let up they came home crying, saying they were 
cold. "This is how it snows in Africa," they said. Then they sat 
around wrapped in their tittle blankets. Nancy made Wet Burrito 
Casserole for supper. It was really good, but she really worked to 
make it. She had to soak the beans a day, cook them, and mash 
them. She also had to make chapati for the tortilla shells. I make 
that casserole at home in a half hour! But it was really good! Some 
of Ray's girls are sick on the stomach today — hopefully it will pass 
soon. God Bless! 

June 29 & 30, 2002 

Saturday was fairly relaxed and the men did not work on the 
house. Ray and Cheryl went to Kitale to get supplies and took 
Stuart and their two little girls along. The other children played 
really well here. Micaiah played with the neighbor boys and the 
girls all colored in coloring books in the corn crib. I guess that gave 
them some privacy! We did some laundry and swept and mopped 
the entire house. A lot of the bigger neighbor boys came and played 
soccer on the compound. Cheryl came home from Kitale saying a 
guy wanted to be her husband. She told him she had a husband 
and he said she needed a black one. She told him she had five 
children and he said he would take care of them and her house. 
WHAT A JOKE! We all had a laugh anyway! Tonight the local min- 
isters came for a meeting with Ray and Jeremiah. We are starting 
to get a picture of the needs in the church here. It is wonderful 
having HOT, CLEAN water. I just ran a few inches of water into a 
tote and gave the younger two a bath! Hosanna actually took a 
shower and enjoyed it! She said, "I don't get any water in my ears." 

Sunday 

We really enjoyed church today. We stayed here and Ray went 
to Kaptalamwa with Hosea Potea and Patrick's children. Hosea 
had Sunday School here and Jeremiah preached on "Love One 
Another". All the children and some of the adults took naps. At 
4:00 P.M. was the evening service. Peter Musumba had the ser- 
vice. He took it from Romans and he did a good job! I did not hear 
all of it because Jerusha is sick with a high temp and she is really 
fussy. Stuart is feeling better, and Micaiah and Nancy have the 
stomach flu. Florence has it too. Ray did not get home until 5:30 or 



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so, and he has several people he brought to take to the hospital 
tomorrow. Cheryl is feeding them supper, and we are having pop- 
corn. It was a big day! 

July 1,2002 

\ There was a lot of laundry today. With all the baths Saturday 

i night and church yesterday, we kept the washer busy. But, thank- 

fully, it didn't rain, so we got it all dried. I went up to the new house 
and it felt different. It is starting to feel like a house! The guys have 
half the roof covered with steel! Jeremiah was hoping to have the 
water lines to the kitchen by the end of today. He had done the 
main bath, and the laundry. The children from Kaptalamwa are 
done at the hospital with no problem, Cheryl got the medicine at 
the chemist, then sent them on their way home. I made peanut 
butter finger bars for supper. It was nice to be in the kitchen again. 
Nancy made superior meat casserole for supper. It was good. We 
also had jello, which the children all loved. The guys were not here 
for supper. They left at 6:00 P.M. to go to visit a member, and they 
have not gotten back yet. 

July 2 and 3, 2002 

There is still a lot of sickness here. Jerusha was somewhat 
better today. Stuart just cannot get his stomach bug licked. Ho- 
sanna and Micaiah both have temps now. My throat is starting to 
feel funny. Other than that, we are doing pretty well. Cheryl had a 
real nice supper gourmet potatoes, beef with cream of soup, string 
beans, then peanut butter and lemon meringue pies for dessert. 
Stuart was real regretful that he had to be sick on this day, be- 
cause it was the first he would have pie here! But our guys were 
not here for supper, because they had an official meeting tonight. I 
felt bad for Cheryl. But they did eat around 9:30 P.M. when they 
j. were done. The children were so cute tonight. They played Kenya 

wedding and they did the singing march and everything! I have 
never seen a Kenyan wedding, so it was really interesting to me. 
Cheryl and Nancy said they used to play it all the time, till the adults 
were tired of it. After that they played a "tailor shop' : . Emeldacame, 
then Nancy took her to the hospital to be with her sister who is 
about to have her first baby. It reminded me of a night a little over 
three years ago when Frank was born! I had no desire to go. 



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Wednesday 

Today is Ray and Cheryl's ninth Wedding Anniversary! Nancy 
was busy today, since she took care of all the children and the 
meals. Ray and Cheryl went away for the day, and I was sick. 
Jeremiah and Stuart worked up at the house. Samuel and Abel 
were there, and Abel had a little accident when he jumped from the 
scaffolding. Nancy doctored the wound on Abel's side, and he went 
back to work. Late afternoon I took Tylenol and brought my temp 
down so I could get out of bed. Jerusha seemed better. Hosanna 
and Micaiah fought some really high temps all day, but seem a little 
better tonight. We still have not heard anything from Emelda's sis- 
ter. 

July 4, 2002 — Thursday 

Before breakfast this morning we heard that Seafa Rose 
(Emelda's sister) had had a baby girl. We were so relieved for her 
sake, but within a few hours we got the sad news: Seafa 's baby had 
died. Cheryl heard as she was running errands and went on to the 
hospital. We felt terrible for Seafa. This was her first child and she 
was so excited that she carried a diaper bag around for weeks 
before the baby was due. When Cheryl came home she said she 
understood why the baby had died. She had had a full cleft palate 
and could not even breathe properly from the time she was born. 
She saw her and said she was a nice big girl but she looked awful. 
She had no upper lip. It seemed to be all open. The poor baby 
could not get the care here it needed to survive. Seafa's husband 
is working away and cannot even be contacted. They are going to 
bury the baby on Saturday they say, at their home place. That is in 
Western Province, which is several hours away. The church here 
is so supportive when something like this happens. Florence went 
right to the hospital this morning and Nancy took the rest of the 
ladies this afternoon. Cheryl said there were two dead babies there 
this morning. Death is so common here that it makes you sad. 
Cheryl did the women's meeting by herself again. 
July 4, 2002 

Well here I am again. 

As I was saying I got the new threader teeth. Things are going 



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better. I fixed the two leaky fittings. Now I have gone across the 
top and down to the laundry room. I had only two leaks one fitting 
(a faulty union) and one loose connection. Both were easily repair- 
able. Monday night we had a meeting with one of the families here. 
We forgot to tell the women folks about it so we had to leave before 
supper was ready. The family fed us tea and donuts. We had our 
meeting. Then I stood to go and Ray said "hold on' ! and he sniffed 
the air. They had made us chicken and ugali. It was pretty good. 
The chicken was probably the oldest and toughest I have ever had. 
Remember how when you were a chiid and you ate celery how it 
never seemed that you could get all the strings cut. Your stalk 
looked like a little green man with an afro. Well, that is how this 
chicken leg looked when I was finished. I just could not seem to get 
it all bit off. As the natives observed my struggle they started talk- 
ing and I heard the word Mzee (pronounced with a long A) it means 
"old man". Anyway it was good, and the fellowship was nice and 
we ate by the light of a kerosene lamp. On Tuesday I did the kitchen 
and PTL no leaks in the whole system!!! Had another meeting 
tonight with the Leaders. Lasted fairly late but not too bad. On 
Wednesday I spent the morning reading the Minutes from the mis- 
sion board meetings here, to try to get up to speed. In the P.M. I 
spent most of my time trying to figure out what I was going to do 
with the other bathroom. I also did not have enough pipe to finish 
so I did not feel very motivated. (Ray and Cheryl were on their 
Anniversary and were going to pick more up in Kitale) Finally to- 
day was Thursday. I was hoping to finish today, but.. .I got the plumb- 
ing to the end of the house and I have channeled the wali in the 
shower and bathroom. It is a bit of a headache. I wiil need to put 
the whole bathroom together at once; sink, toilet, shower, and out- 
side faucet pipe; then carry it into the bathroom in one piece, AND 
PRAY FOR NO LEAKS PLEASE!!! It'll be a mess to try to fix if there 
is. There is a Mission board meeting tomorrow so I doubt that 
there will be any piping done then. Maybe Saturday we will finish. 
Well, that's all I have for now. I hope someone finds this male 
perspective interesting. If you do not please let me know and I will 
not keep gobbling up your valuable time with my garble. 

Till we type again. 

JJ Piumber 



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P.S. Anyone receiving this either direct or through a list is wel- 
come to respond and ask questions. A one sided conversation 
seems a little conceited. Don't you think? Thanks in advance. 

July5, 2002 -Friday 

First thing this morning Ray went with a bunch from the church 
to have the baby released from the morgue. They took a little pink 
blanket to wrap her in. Today was African Mission board meeting. 
Jeremiah really seems to be allergic to that guesthouse. Today he 
was supposed to spend the whole day down there so he took an 
allergy pill. We washed the floors, and I started a dessert for sup- 
per. I am becoming tired of the sickness. We came through the 
entire Michigan winter as healthy as can be, and now we are sick in 
Africa! Surely soon we will be adjusted. Stuart is finally feeling 
better! 

July 6, 2002 — Saturday 

Last night Jeremiah agreed to drive the people going to West- 
ern Province to bury the baby. He asked if I wanted to go and I 
thought it sounded interesting. We were to Western Province last 
time we were here and it was a pretty drive there, and an interest- 
ing place, i was excited when I woke : and dressed to go. But as 
soon as Miciah appeared at our bedroom door I knew I had to stay 
home. His ear was draining a LOT and he was miserable (temp, 
and so forth). So he went without me and Cheryl and I tookMicaiah 
to the clinic. The doctor said he had ear infection and gave us 
antibiotics and a multivitamin syrup. He said his immunity was down 
from the virus. By evening he acted a lot better. Later I got to 
thinking thai I was not sure I wanted to see the baby. I have never- 
seen a dead baby! I am sure I will sometime, here. Ray worked on 
putting our children's bunk beds together. They are pretty and it 
will be nice to have them. But he had to sand them and now he has 
to put several coats of varnish on them. It will take some days. 
Cheryl made pizza for dinner. MMMMH!!! We had an earlier sup- 
per so we could get started on all the baths. It was a nice evening, 
once Jeremiah came at 7:00 P.M. Stuart and Nancy are becoming 
excited about going home. We are going to miss Nancy's help and 
Sturart's sense of humor! 



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July 7, 2002 — Sunday 

This morning's service was really nice. Jeremiah taught Sun- 
day School. And it WAS S.S. not the "first sermon". Several people 
commented on it and said they really liked it. It took them half the 
class time before they warmed up to get involved, and then they 
got INVOLVED! It was really nice to have Ray here to help with the 
lesson, too. He added a lot. It was interesting. Hosea had the 
sermon, and it was good too, though it is hard to catch all of it 
because he does not let Gilbert finish the English before he is on to 
his next thought. We had to keep our eyes fastened on Gilbert! 
We had a quick dinner, then everyone but our family left for Nakuru. 
Stuart and Nancy will go on Safari tomorrow there. Now that I am 
feeling better Jeremiah is sick! Matthias is healthy. I stayed up 
with the younger two while the older ones and Jeremiah napped. I 
read! At 4:00 P.M. the evening service started. I felt silly having 
them translate just for me, but I guess that was better than not 
going out. Jeremiah is running a temp. Edwin came in to talk to 
Jeremiah and then sat and visited a while. He has matured since 
we were here iast time. He taught us Swahili kidogo (a little). It was 
fun. 

July 8, 2002 — Monday 

This has been a busy, but quiet day. Jeremiah has been sick 
and the children have had to have a lot of direction to stay busy. 
They are getting used to their "Noecker sisters" already. It seemed 
a little scary to be in charge of this operation, especially with Jeremiah 
in bed. But I guess it was not too bad once I became used to it. I 
just felt as if I had to be everywhere all the time; doing laundry, 
housework, taking care of the children, the visitors, and my sick 
husband. He was really up and down. He would be up working, 
then suddenly feel sick, and go to bed. Thankfully he couid run to 
the chemist a few times for medicine for members though. I was 
so glad to have Gilbert working in our back yard so he could com- 
municate with those who did not know English. I made cookies this 
afternoon. They turned out really good. It took me too long to 
make supper. I have to become used to cooking in Kenya, in Cheryl's 
kitchen. The casserole took almost two hours to bake, for some 
reason, so supper was late. I even had the oven turned up as high 



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as it would go. It certainly has its quirks! But it is better than no 
oven. The member from Kaptalamwa decided she did not want to 
be in the guesthouse by herself all night, so Florence took her in. 
That was probably best, because we could barely communicate. It 
was too late for her to get a ride home tonight. 

July a 2002 — Tuesday 

This morning started out well enough, but by noon I felt ragged. 
I surely do not want to manage this place alone all the time! 
Jeremiah felt some better and went to work on the house. One 
woman here was so exasperating I finally had Jeremiah come talk 
to her. Then she was all apologetic and she cooperated. Our meals 
were really interrupted today with people coming and going. When 
they are here we take opportunity to learn Swahili words. They are 
always using words we do not know. It is so much fun when we can 
get an entire thought across in Swahili! The children like to pick out 
the words they know, and repeat them. Esther (Phanuel's) was 
here tonight to try to call him where he works away. Her daughter 
is sick and she wants his counsel. We tried to get him and they said 
to call back. So she ate supper with us. That was fun because she 
knows only a few English words. But our supper conversation did 
not lack! She never was able to get ahold of Phanuel. I felt sorry 
for her. There was to be a local leadership meeting here tonight, 
but they postponed it because both Ray and Hosea are missing. It 
is getting dry here and the maize is showing it. It is curled. We 
hope for the people's sake that we will get rain soon. They are 
afraid it will hurt the yield if it stays dry. I made Salisbury Steak, 
baked Macaroni and cheese, and fresh string beans for supper. 
For dessert we had Spanish Cream and cookies. Cooking sure is 
different here. It is pretty tough for me right now! 

July 10, 2002 — Wednesday 

We had rain last night during the night, for which we are glad. 
Rays got home last night around 9:00 P.M. It was nice to have 
them back home. Today was cool and somewhat cloudy. First 
thing this morning Cheryl cleaned the water-in-filter to the washer, 
and she found gray short hair. So that means that something died 
in our well! Gross! Jeremiah had had a fit last week at the way the 
well was finished here. He thought we could be drinking the re- 



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mains from lots of things that could have washed down in. That 
was it for Ray! The guys had their work cut out for the day. They 
worked on extending the well casing and sealing the top so critters 
could not climb down in. That took most of the day because of the 
tools they have here, or do not have here. Jeremiah called me up 
to the well pit while he was in it. He was really having fun, he said. 
I guess old trades die hard! We had a unit meeting (staff) while the 
children slept this afternoon. Cheryl and I made potato soup for 
supper. It was good. The children were so red from playing in the 
mud from the guys project that I had Jeremiah give them showers. 
They were inside a 100L barrel and rolling each other down the 
hill! Cherilyn made ice pops for snack before bed tonight. That 
was a real treat! 

July 11,2002 — Thursday 

Cheryl had a lot of trouble doing laundry this morning because 
the water lines had all been disturbed and the filter kept becoming 
clogged. Jeremiah had put Jik (bleach) into the water lines at bed- 
time last night and it took most of today to get it through. We washed 
the main floors this morning with the bleach water. Jeremiah stud- 
ied this morning, then left after dinner to go pass out shelled maize 
to the people at Ortum. He had a sermon while he was down 
there. I guess it all went pretty well, but he felt bad at the end, 
because a couple women did not get their full share. I really wanted 
to go along but we remembered this morning that today was 
Rebecca's baby shower, and I could not miss that. So we were 
spread pretty thin today. Ray was left to baby-sit the children while 
he worked on varnishing and sanding the bunk beds for our chil- 
dren. The baby shower went well. There were twenty-five women 
there, and they did a good job of bringing gifts of their own accord. 
(That was a problem for a while!) Gilbert's Alice had the Bible 
Study time on "Our Speech. 1 ' Little Merle Sweitzer is really cute! It 
was really good to see Rebecca again. At the end they announced 
that Roslyn (Go Go's daughter in law with Denny and Chad) had a 
baby girl. So I guess in sixty days we will have another baby shower. 
That is how long they wait for the baby girls. We had Ray take us to 
the shower, then we walked home. It looked really stormy as we 
came home, and we did get a little wet. Matthias went to sleep 
near the end as we drank tea and ate mandozi (something like 



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doughnuts), then he slept all the way home. We had a good day! 
Everyone seems to be back to health around here, though some of 
us still have sore throats, 

July 12, 2002 — Friday 

We had some excitement first thing this morning when Gilbert 
arrived. The guesthouse was not locked last night. It was an acci- 
dent, because of having two guys locking, both thought the other 
did it. Someone went in and stole the expensive plane that Ray got 
for Gilbert to use a few months ago. The thief tried to find the other 
blades but could not, and so they have only the blade that was on 
it. Everyone here was just sick about it, and Gilbert seemed to be 
in a daze. He did not have work because that is his main tool right 
now. We talked all day about who it could have been and how to 
catch them. I did laundry today though it is Cheryl's day to do her 
laundry. We just worked out our schedule and I had not done it 
since Monday. I made chocolate chip cookies and they turned out 
really good. I think that I am getting used to this stove. I went to 
market to get a few things for the first time since we got here. It 
went really good. They gave me Kenyan, instead of mazumgu prices 
(I think!). I thought they might take advantage of me since I look 
new. Cheryl made Rhubarb Rollup after supper and we had it 
around 9:00 P.M. — fresh from the oven with ice cream. It was 
delicious. Cheryl sent a pan of it down to Hoseas because he won- 
dered about it when they bought it on the way home from Nairobi. 
They all loved it down there too! 

July 13, 2002 — Saturday 

Today was Rays day off but we have not had a day off since we 
got here so we all took the day. They wanted to show us some of 
the places they go for a break. We worked this morning - Jeremiah 
cut the grass, Ray worked on the bed. Cheryl made a picnic lunch 
and we left at 10:30 or so. We went through Makutano and kept 
driving out of town. We traveled down the mountain, then finally 
parked by the road and got out. It was a beautiful place with mostly 
rock. Every now and then there was a sandy spot, it was a lot of 
climbing and going down was tricky. The older four did well on their 
own. The youngest two were in back carriers. At one sandy spot 
Jerusha just stood there and buried her feet in the sand. She acted 



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as if she loved it and it brought back memories of going to Lake 
Michigan! We finally ate our lunch on a low fiat spot by a pool of 
water between the rocks. The children waded in the water and had 
a lot of fun. We could see a water fall from where we were eatinq 
We saw a few Kenyans. They looked at us as if we would have 
watched baboons, if there had been any! We got back home at 2 
or so — are we ever glad we live up here where it is cooH We were 
exhausted and rested for a few hours, then I made Meat and Po- 
tato Quiche for supper. Bath night! 

We kind of wonder about the water being contaminated 
Jeremiah really questioned it because of his experience with well 
dnJImg. It is fixed now and no one has been sick on the stomach. 

July 14, 2002 — Sunday 

Ray Kimberly, Michelle and Veronica and our family went to 
Kaptalamwa today. It was a different way than we used to take but 
i think I forgot how long and how rough it was. We were only on the 
road for fifteen minutes and I thought I would be sick I moved 
toward the front and looked out the front window and I felt better 
The children seemed to enjoy the ride, though Kimberly said her 
stomach hurt and sat on my lap for a while. Church up there started 
at 10:45 and there were not many people. There is only one quv 
that was there before, that we knew Ray had Bible Study and 
Jeremiah preached. After church the guys went to Frederick's house 
and visited while the children and I took a walk. It started to rain 
and then it really got chilly. We got in the cruiser and waited Soon 
they had chai ready for us - and that was all it was, tea Then we 
left to go home. The sights were beautiful on that drive and we 
enjoyed that. We stopped and saw the Paraywa mission point 
church) site. It is on the brink of a hill and has a lovely valley view 
It is also very windy. Some of the "members" came by as we stopped 
It was good to meet them. It was good to get home at 355 PM — 
just in time for the evening service here. Cheryl made chicken-etti 
and we ate it as soon as we sent off all the people from church at 
fr:J0. The children are extra fussy tonight because they did not qet 
naps as usual. They did have a little snack of crackers and ba- 
nanas on the way home. 

Debra 



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GRAVEN WITH AN IRON PEN 

"Oh, that my words were now written! oh that they were printed 
in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the 
rock for ever! Fori know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall 
stand at the latter day upon the earth:" Job 1 9:23-25 

JobTs friends were hard on him. After all he had been through, 
they came and accused him of hypocrisy. His reply to them was 
classic, and his desire, to have his words forever immortalized, 
was fulfilled. Perhaps the oldest book of the Bible is read daily by 
thousands and his testimony of the goodness of God and the prom- 
ise of a Messiah live on today. He believed, and he could not keep 
silent. He looked forward to seeing Jesus. He knew that someone 
had to save him: he could not save himself. 

Tor I know that my redeemer liveth." What is our testimony 
when we are accused? Do we tell others of the goodness of God? 
Job suffered greatly at the hands of evil, and his words, in the face 
of such oppression are a great lesson to us today. The Apostle 
Paul could have been set free, yet he appealed to Rome. He felt it 
was more important that Caesar heard the Word of God than for 
him to have his life spared. 

How is it with us? Are our homes, our "valuables", even our 
very lives worth more to us than the testimony of Jesus Christ? 
"Come, now, let us reason together, saith the Lord;" Isaiah 1:18. 
Are we more interested in the things which will burn up, the things 
which moth and rust will corrupt, or are we rather interested in 
eternal things, that which will last forever? Can we say with Job, 
and are we willing to shout it from the housetops, ''I know that my 
redeemer liveth?" 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073-9162 



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OBITUARY 

IRENE M.FLORY 

Sister Irene M. Flory was born in Defiance County, Ohio, No- 
vember 24, 1915, and passed away at her home at Collins, Missis- 
sippi, June 1 7, 2002, at the age of 86. 

She was the daughter of Herman and Matilda Ritcher and was 
raised in a German Lutheran community. She was a member of 
the Lutheran Church until November 1933 at which time she was 
baptized into the Brethren faith at Pleasant Ridge Church. 

She married Dorrice Lee Flory, March 5, 1933. They would 
have been married 70 years if she had lived until March 2003. 

Mom lived most of her adult years in Michigan and was part of 
the fellowship that was started at Clarksville in June of 1954 and 
was later established at Hart, Michigan in 1963. She was also a 
charter member of the Pine Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church in 

Mississippi. 

She is survived by her husband, Lee; son and wife Eldon and 
Debris Flory of Jamesport, Missouri and daughter and husband 
Ruth Ann and Maurice Wells of Collins, Mississippi; nine grandchil- 
dren, Debra Flory of Bernville, Pennsylvania, Donna and Matthew 
Beery, Anita and Samuel Miller, Timothy and Sandra Flory and Gina 
and Henry Lentz all of Jamesport, Missouri, Barbara and Eugene 
Bowman of Quinter, Kansas and Janet and Wendell Austin of 
Bradford, Ohio. Also Glenn and Sharon Wells of Taylorsville, Mis- 
sissippi and Melissa and Michael Heisey of Collins, Mississippi. She 
had twenty-nine great-grandchildren at the time of her death. 

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, 
Laura Wendt and a granddaughter, Rebecca Flory. 

Mom was a natural born home-maker and very much enjoyed 
family and friends. She was a gracious hostess and guests felt 
welcome in her home, yet she was not able to pursue it like she 
would have enjoyed doing because of her afflictions over the years. 

Services were held at the Dunkard Brethren Church house at 
Hart, Michigan, June 21 , 2002, by Bro. William Carpenter and was 
laid to rest in the city of Hart Cemetery. 



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NEWS ITEM 

WALNUT GROVE, PENNSYLVANIA 

Walnut Grove Congregation plans, Lord willing, to have a re- 
vival meeting starting September 18 and ending September 22. 
Brother David Rice from Ohio is to be our evangelist. We are a 
small congregation, and will appreciate your presence and your 
prayers. May saints be revived and strengthened, and unsaved 
lives be changed to His glory. 

Sister Dorothy Nell, Cor. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation plans to have their Harvest 
Meeting on Sunday, September 8, with Bro. Terry Gunderman the 
speaker. 

Also, there will be services on Friday evening, October 1 8, Sat- 
urday afternoon at 2:00, Lovefeast at 7:00, and services Sunday, 
October 20, morning and afternoon. 

We welcome ail who can to join us in these meetings. 

Sister Marjorie Flory : Cor. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
SEPTEMBER 2002 

Sept. 1 -The Ministry of the Spirit is Glorious - II Cor. 3:7-18 

1 . What is the Holy Spirit's ministry and purpose? 

2. What must we do to have the vail removed from our mind 
and heart? 

Sept. 8 - The Ministry of Christ Entrusted to Earthen Vessels - II 
Cor. 4:1-15 

1 . How can we manifest the truth of the Gospel in our lives? 



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2. What is "this treasure in earthen vessels"? 
Sept. 15 - Groaning for Immortality - II Cor. 4:16-5:1 1 

1. How is it possible for the "inward man" to be "renewed 
day by day", while the natural body is aging and slowly 
dying? 

2. How can mortality "be swallowed up of life"? 
Sept. 22 - A New Creation in Christ - II Cor. 5:12-21 

1. Why is it so important that our hearts embrace the vir- 
tues which our outward appearance portrays? 

2. How can we live unto Christ instead of living unto our- 
selves? 

Sept. 29 - No Limitations in the Ministry of Christ- II Cor, 6:1-10 

1. Why must we be careful not to obstruct or discredit the 
Ministry of the Gospel? 

2. How can we, as Paul said, seemingly have nothing and 
yet possess all things? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
SEPTEMBER 2002 

Sept. 1 - Our Difficulties - 1 Sam. 12:15-25, Phil. 2:12-21, Rev. 3:14- 
22 

1 . What is the underlying reason for most of mankind's dif- 
ficulties? 



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2. Why does God rebuke and chasten His people? 

Sept. 8 - Our Heavenly Home - Matt, 6:19-21 , Luke 1 0:1 7-20, John 
14:1-6, Rev. 21:1-27 

1 . What are the treasures we should be laying up in Heaven? 

2. How can we have our name "written in Heaven"? 

Sept. 1 5 - Our Rebellion - Deut. 9:24, I Sam. 1 5:22-23, Isa. 65:2-5, 

Phil. 3:16-21 Rom. 10:1-13 

1. Why does the human nature of mankind rebel against 
God? 

2. Why does God continue to reach out to mankind even in 
the midst of their rebellion against Him? 

Sept. 22 - Our Spiritual Growth - II Cor. 9:6-11, Eph. 4:14-16, I 
Thess. 3:11-13, Heb. 6:1-6, II Pet. 1:6-9,3:18 

1 . How do we go about growing up Spiritually? 

2. What things are evident in the life of a person who is 
growing Spiritually? 

Sept. 29 - Our Earnestness - Deut. 6:1-12, Ps. 119:1-16, Pro. 3:1- 
13, Phil. 3:13-15 

1. What should motivate us to keep the Lord's command- 
ments? 

2. How can we "find favour and good understanding in the 
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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD COTRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 

3949S100E 

Peru. IN 36970 

Dennis St. John. Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave,CO81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2270 Co.Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford.CA 95386 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 17225 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Martin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Ronald Marks, Secretary 
1813 N.13BH1 Avenue 
Hart, Ml 49420 



Fred O. Pifer, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fi she! Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Ray St u be r 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton. PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Tom St. John. Secretary 
20380 County Road R ' 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Rick St. John 

2578 County Road 20-2 

Archbold, OH 43502 

Martin Marks 
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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXX 



SEPTEMBER, 2002 



NO. 9 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
Ihe world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



NO WIND BUT CAN SPEED 

It's a fierce north wind that blows today, 
And my whole frame shivers with cold; 
"But ne'er ye mind," saith my soul, "Press on 
Your God your barque wifl hold." 

'Tis a damp east wind that blows today, 
And my heart seems chilled with fear; 
"But rest in the warmth of My love," saith He 
My Saviour, always near. 

It's a balmy breeze from the south today, 
I'll rest back for a day of ease; 

"Ah, no," saith the Lord, "Tis not thus you win 
As you try your Lord to please." 

Tis a stormy wind from the west today 
And the billows rage and roar; 

But I hear Him say, "Brave the storm, my child; 
Some day when your journey's o'er, 

You'll see it's ne'er the wind that breaks 
Nor the waves as they toss in foam, - 
It's the set of your sail that speeds you on, 
And no wind but can speed you home." 

-Emily R. Moore 

Selected by Brother Gaien Litfin 



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SEPTEMBER 11 

The memory of September 11, 2001, is very fresh in the our 
minds. That event was unlike any other that has ever happened in 
our memory. It was not only the suddenness of the attack but the 
utter disregard for the lives of the people involved that so stirred 
us. While many acts of violence happen every day, they are not so 
daring, open and so widely destructive. Unbelief was the common 
reaction at the beginning of the attack, it was thought to be a mis- 
take or pilot error at the beginning, by the time the four planes had 
done their damage, widespread fear gripped the hearts of people. 

The terrible destruction of property and the loss of many lives 
affected people greatly. Most could not fathom how or why anyone 
would do such an act. Some were ready to go to war with the 
enemy, whoever or wherever he might be. Others were so dazed 
they had no idea what to do. It was a time of rumor and fear. Some 
realized their utter inability to handle these events by themselves. 
They sought God. Government officials, who normally keep God 
out of their public lives, were openly calling upon God in public 
prayer services. There were many local and national gatherings 
that implored the help of God in the midst of this crisis. Attendance 
increased at worship services across the land. 

One year later, most have returned to their former lifestyles. 
They have lost interest in God and godly things as fear has faded. 
A war against terrorism has been waged. Restrictions are in place 
for those who fly. Other changes have been made, but for the 



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most part America has returned to the former patterns of work and 
recreation. 

How do Christians view this horrific event? In its magnitude, it 

affected everyone, believer and non-believer, alike. Hopefully there 
are lessons that may be learned from this event. 

Do we view this as a random act of terrorism, or as a warning 
from God? In the evil and unfeeling minds of those who seek to 
control the world by violence and force, this was an important event. 
They vented their fury at the United States, They were willing to 
give their lives for their fanatic program. They had no concern for 
the lives of others. Many of their co-religionists were killed, as death 
and destruction were general in the areas of attack. 

Whatever the message of the terrorists, their means struck at 
many innocent people. Their act of war was not limited to the battle 
field. It was aimed at people going about their daily tasks. 

Could we think of this action in a deeper way than just as a 
terrorist attack? Was it a message to the United States and other 
nations. Was it a message from God? Was He sending a warning 
that this sinful world needed to repent? Because of His love for the 
human race, was He allowing a significant number to be destroyed 
as a warning to the rest of us? The first estimates of the deaths in 
New York City were in the tens of thousands. Those numbers have 
been narrowed down to less than three thousand. That is a signifi- 
cant number, but not like first feared. Did God in His love allow this 
very significant number to perish as a wake-up call to the rest of 
this world? 

At the first it seemed He did get the attention of people. There 
was an immediate turning to Him in the hour of death and destruc- 
tion. Prayer meetings were held in public places. Other religious 
observances were conducted even though it was not politically cor- 
rect. There was an increase in attendance at places of worship. 
There was a willingness to speak of God and seek His favor. 

That time of reconciliation lasted a very short time. A few were 
touched enough to make a permanent change in their lives. Most, 
after a short respite, continued in their previous lifestyles. As we 
look back a year later, we wonder what might get the undivided 
attention of the people of this world? Will it take more terrible ter- 



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rorists 1 attacks? Or will God conclude the affairs of mankind with 
the return of Jesus for His own? 

As citizens of this world and particularly of the United States ; 
our response should be that of citizens of Heaven. We must re- 
member that as thankful as we are for being a citizen of this coun- 
try, we have a higher citizenship. Being God's people compels us 
to place the things of God above our love for this country. While we 
must continue to pray for our leaders, pay our taxes and obey all 
the laws, that do not conflict with the Word of God, we must have a 
desire that is higher than patriotism. By being the best citizens of 
Heaven, that we can be : we are actually being the best citizens of 
this world. 

Will remembering September 1 1 , 2001 , help you to better serve 
God continually? 

M.C.Cook 



THE FIRST CHURCH CONFERENCE 

Acts 15:13-34 

In the midst of a long session of heated discussion concerning 
the acceptance of Gentiles into the Christian faith without becom- 
ing circumcised (and becoming Jewish proselytes), Peter gave a 
speech that settled the crowd down. Afterwards Paul and Barnabas 
had a chance to tell about all the miracles and wonders, God had 
wrought among the Gentiles on their missionary journey. They had 
a lot to tell about! 

Then we see the actual decision-making deliberation begin- 
ning to take place in the this passage. Note carefully what hap- 
pened that brought this very divided meeting to a consensus! Note 
how the Holy Spirit brought about a resolution to this ordeal! 

God used James, the brother of Jesus who later wrote the 
Epistle of James, to draw up the conclusion of the matter. (I won- 
der what would have happened if James the Apostle would have 
still been around.) Note how James approached the matter. 

First, James condenses Peter's speech into one sentence. He 
is basing his conclusion on an experience which Peter and James 
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Second, James quotes from the prophets. The passage is taken 
from Amos 9:1-12. That passage declares that there is going to be 
some heathen in the last days who are going to be called by God's 

Name. 

Third, James declares that God knows what He is doing, and 
God knew what He was doing ever since the creation of the world. 
Implied is the fact that we, mere men, do not know everything that 
God is doing. We see life through our little window so we cannot 
possibly understand all of God's ways. 

Fourth, James then concludes that "we trouble them not." If 
the Holy Spirit can accept the Gentiles without circumcision, then 
who are we to question God? That's a very good point! We need 
to be very careful to stay close to God's Word in our requirements 
within our church — so that we do not lay a heavier burden on people 
than God does. 

There were four things that were so repulsive to all good Jews, 
that James decided to include them as requirements for the Gen- 
tile believers. They were: 

(1) don't eat meats offered to idols, 

(2) abstain from all sorts of sexual sins, 

(3) don't eat meat that wasn't properly bled, and 

(4) don't drink blood. 

Note that three of these issues were related to things a person 
takes into their mouth. 

Well, the whole group agreed, and they sent the message with 
Paul and Barnabas, along with two other respected Brethren from 
Jerusalem, to confirm their message to the church at Antioch. 

Summary Thought. ..Are you willing to be used by the Holy 
Spirit, whenever He calls you, in bringing about His will — and an- 
nouncing it to a group of people? This could well be to a church, or 
a District Meeting, or a General Conference, or just a group of 
people who are discussing things together. God needs specially 
dedicated people who will calmly and reasonably proclaim His will 
to the Congregation at crucial times. Will you purpose to be among 
God's chosen for this special task? 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Brother Robert S. Lehigh 



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KENYA KNOTES 

July 18, 2002 

I made french toast for everyone with three eggs this morning. 
I forgot we had used eggs in the lasagna last night! The Noeckers 
left for Eldoret around 9:00 A.M. Our children acted as if they did 
not know what to do by themselves. Finaily they went outside with 
their daddy so that I could catch up on e-mail and study for Women's 
Bible Study this afternoon. Jeremiah painted the fence around the 
graves on the compound, and the boards for the fascia on the new 
house. He also repainted the bump on the road by our drive. But 
then it started to rain, and he had to quit. It rained really hard as 
we were having the women's meeting in our tent church. I had to 
talk loud to be heard. There was a big crowd — at least twenty 
women. I put the clothes back out after the rain because Gilbert 
said it would not rain until later. An hour later I rushed out and took 
the still-wet clothes off, because it was pouring again. I made 
roast, mashed potatoes, and cooked carrots for supper. Rays got 
home at 6:30, just as supper was nearly ready. Another full day! 
July 19, 2002 

We got up this morning to find out that we had had an unwel- 
come visitor again last night. Someone stole four of the six boards 
that Jeremiah painted yesterday for the fascia of the new house. 
Those were some big boards too! The girls think Merle needs to 
come over here to catch the thieves! I guess they think we need 
some teenage boys to set up traps and sit up all night. Ray used to 
let just anything from the new house set out, and no one bothered 
it. This all started since we are here. Ray asked Jeremiah where 
he is keeping the stuff!! 

We had Paul's Bakery pizza for dinner, and Cheryl made gour- 
met potatoes and meatballs for supper. She got some Del Monte 
peaches yesterday and made a dessert with them. It was good. 
The peaches are not guite like ours at home, but I was excited to 
see we could even get peaches here. I like bananas and pine- 
apples, but there are not many desserts you can make with them. 
I made snicker doodle cookies this afternoon and they were good. 
I am becoming used to the different taste of the food here. I am not 
sure if it is the flour or what. But now I do not taste it anymore. 

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house. The masons finished the ends of the peaks on the house. 
Around 7 the leadership had a meeting here. They started it in the 
church and when it got dark they ended up on the verandah. We 
tried to keep the children from hooting and hollering in the house. 
The meeting was over just before 9. Ray is going to sit up and 
watch for the thieves tonight, but he is going to watch from the 
livingroom. Oh, the fun in Kenya! 

July 20, 2002, Saturday 

It is always a beautiful day in Kenya! I forgot to mention a few 
things about the Noeckers trip to Eldoret the other day. They or- 
dered roofing tile for the new house. When they were on their way 
home they passed an awful accident. Cheryl and a couple of the 
girls actually saw the corpses by the road. It was gory. Edwin (the 
father of Jeremiah and Tim) was along with them. He was able to 
make out what was happening. A matatu driver had hit them. The 
crowd would have killed the driver if they could have, but he was 
able to get to the police and they protected him. Cheryl said it 
would take a while to get those sights out of her mind. I do not think 
the girls fully realized what they saw. They have not said much. 
Ray and Cheryl went to the creamery in Eldoret. They brought 
home about a dozen pint boxes of milk. We figured out that it cost 
actually less than the local milk we buy from the milkman. Anyway, 
that milk tastes good! I drank several cups of it. I feel bad for the 
children not getting as much milk here. They do ask for it some- 
times, and do not seem to mind the taste. So we are enjoying a 
little good milk just for drinking. 

Ray went to Kitale today to get the brick machine. I guess we 
are buying it. The people there gave him a chicken. On the way 
home it laid an egg. Then when it was sitting in the yard with the 
children all around it, it lay another. It must have been stressed! 
The second egg was soft-shelled. Noeckers and our children had 
never seen a soft-shelled egg, so that was exciting for them. 
Noeckers brought the cycle home from Eldoret the other day. 
Jeremiah worked on it today Micaiah has been so excited about it. 
He has been telling anyone who comes that "My daddy is going to 
ride that motorcycle." Jeremiah was abie to give him and a few 
others rides around the compound today I did laundry and we all 
did some yard work, Hosea's mother (who lives with them, next 
door) is quite a iady. She is probably fifty to sixty years old, and she 



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looks like severity or eighty. She came over to show Cheryl how to 
weed around the banana trees without getting rid of the old pieces 
of trees. She said it would be vitamins for the soil. For the past day 
or so I have been watching her over at their house. A tree fell down 
and she has been chopping it up! She is a worker, and she loves to 
work! Earlier in the week she came across the yard with a huge 
gunny sack of beans and stalks on her head. She had been work- 
ing in the shamba and she was as happy as a lark! She is a dear 
old lady! 

The little girls got into something just before supper. They said 
it was a black bug. We thought it almost looked like thistles, but the 
pricks really stuck in their skin. Veronica had several patches that 
Cheryl had to scrape out with a knife. They were all pretty para- 
noid! 

July 21, 2002, Sunday 

We were at Makutano today for church. The service was a real 
blessing. Henry is the newly appointed Sunday School teacher. 
He did a really good job. He seems to have an understanding of 
Scripture better than others here. Jeremiah had prepared to preach 
this morning, but then he and Ray thought it would be better for 
him to observe them, since he is preaching every Sunday evening. 
So I thought he would be sitting with me and the children. It really 
took me off guard when he agreed to go ahead and preach this 
morning. Matthias was sleeping in my arms and I had to go put 
him in bed so I could attend the other children. But the service 
went really well. Jeremiah preached on "Gratefulness''. 

As we sat there in church I could not help but think about the 
nature surrounding us. As we sat there under the tent, a couple 
little birds were hopping around in the grass just outside the tent. 
As we sang, those little songbirds just sang and sang. When we 
stopped, they were quiet. It was sweet to watch them. The chick- 
ens, of course, were wandering around the tent as usual. As we 
knelt down in the red dirt to pray a cricket had to jump to keep from 
being squashed! Those things keep the children from getting bored 
in church, too. I guess that can be good or bad! The Noecker 
family went to Kaptalamwa in the cruiser. They had Phanuel and 
Esther's family with them. One of Phanuel's girls got sick, so that 
provided some excitement! The service here this evening was well 
attended. Florence came to visit a while this evening. Peter and 



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Edwin are going to be our watchmen tonight! 

July 21, 2002 - Jeremiah 

I have said it before and I will say it again, "The highs here are 
higher and the lows are lower." Take today for instance. Today was 
a very good day. i was blessed even though I failed to go to church 
expecting a blessing. (Thank God for your unmerited favor.) 

The leaders here have appointed a Bible Study teacher to teach 
every Sunday. Before we had a different teacher every Sunday. 
Also we have begun using the Lesson sheet provided by the Bible 
Study Committee. It has been about three weeks now and I think 
people are appreciating it. I know I really sense that it adds a spirit 
of continuity to the service from week to week, as you can imagine. 

Henry Otoro is the Sunday School teacher now and he did very 
well. The message I preached on this morning was 
"Gratefulness.. .paying my debt of love out of the first-fruits of all 
my increase;' Then tonight I have started a series of Doctrinal 
messages. Tonight we discussed One God and the Trinity. Had a 
good showing at both services today. 

I hope not to preach here twice every time, I will be expected to 
preach whenever I go to another church for morning service and I 
will bring a Doctrinal message here every Sunday night. So every 
other Sunday I will be preaching twice. PLEASE PRAY... 

It seems funny to be writing this now we are done with every- 
thing and will be heading to bed in a little while and you there have 
just finished Church in the morning. I am glad today is finished. It 
seems to me that this blessed day is anything but a day of rest 
sometimes. After church I was able to effectively fill up and least 
two days next week in less than twenty minutes. Can that be some 
kind of record? 

IN OTHER NEWS 

When Ray's went to Eldoret as Debra mentioned, on Thursday 
they brought the cycle home. Miciah was VERY IMPRESSED. Sat- 
urday I replaced the bearings in the front wheel. Also I had to get 
the headlight welded and put on. it turns out that I forgot to put on 
something so Ray had to take the light off and put it back on. Edwin 
was very pleased to have the cycle today. Some times he finds it 
difficult to find a connecting ride to Kaplami so he is forced to wait 



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for one. Also he uses it to collect the members for church. Hapa 
Kenya sometimes? 

We have been having things disappear, as I think you have 
been told. Well, one of the brothers brought their battery here to- 
night to have it charged. Ray told him that he would let it outside 
tonight as bait. Peter (Hosea ! s brother) said "I will here to watch". It 
was his battery. I heard this and thought they were kidding each 
other, but about 7:00 Peter and Edwin showed up, smiled at Ray 
knowing and went out. I think they are outside watching now. I 
guess Hosea is really upset by the disappearings and I think this is 
part of the plan. Well, I guess I will go. They want to have the cake 
that Debra made, before sending the children to bed. Till we type 
again. JJ 

Oh, I have an update on the plumbing but no time now. So I will 
give it later. 

July 22, 2002, Monday 

The mystery is getting thicker on our night time thief! Peter and 
Edwin stayed only until 1 0:00 last night. The silly thing they did was 
to leave Peter's battery charger (the bait) sitting on the porch of the 
guest house. We did not find that out until this evening when Peter 
came for a meeting. Then we figured out that the battery was STO- 
LEN! We figured out from that that the thief came between 10:00 
and midnight. Ray went down at midnight to lock the guesthouse 
and the battery was gone. This is frustrating because it is getting 
expensive. (Ray just figured out yesterday that he lost his chisel 
set when the planes were stolen two weeks ago. We decided that 
because we have always kept the door locked since then. Anyway, 
it is giving us some mystery! 

Jeremiah ran a bunch of errands this morning in Makutano. He 
is taking over dealing with the people so that Ray can work more 
full time on the house. Helen (a single mother from church) came 
today, asking for work. Cheryl had her scrub up all the children's 
dirty shoes. Those shoes looked brand new! She also had her 
wash their bed quilt. It was dripping on the line at noon, and by 
bedtime it was ready to put back on the bed! The leaders here had 
a meeting at Hosea's. They are starting to meet there since 
Jeremiah is allergic to the guesthouse. I made tea to take to them 
at 8:30. It was neat to see inside that house over there. I always 



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wondered what it looked like! It seems really big, at least in the 
dark, Phanuel left his bike on the guesthouse porch as bait tonight. 
Our guys think it is too obvious, and that our thief will not be here 
tonight. But we are surrounded with guards tonight! Most of the 
leaders are out there hiding! We had to think, if we were in America, 
we would be scared stiff. But here it is just kind of amusing. The 
people do not have guns here; that's part of the reason. The lead- 
ers told us to go to bed quick so our thief will come. I guess they do 
not want to have to wait too long and get cold! Excitement! 

I forgot to add this to yesterday's journal, Ray went to Makutano 
to look for the kind of pipe that Jeremiah needed. His one long 
piece had been stolen. I do not even know why he looked here. He 
has never been able to get it here before. At first the woman told 
him she did not have any, but Ray could see she did, so he pointed 
it out to her. He bought it and brought it home. He said, This is the 
only piece of 3/4 inch steel pipe in Makutano." The part that really 
got us was this. The guys recognized the pipe because the one 
end was full of dirt. We bought that pipe twice! Ray wants to go 
back and ask the woman who sold it to her! 
July 24, 2002, Wednesday 

I did laundry today, and we swept and washed all the floors, so 
it was a busy day. Jeremiah was gone on Church work this morn- 
ing for a while and got back as we finished dinner. At 1:15 Emelda 
came with Frank and Cadelda, wondering if we were going to pray 
for Roselyn's baby. We did not know anything about it. I guess they 
just know that when a boy is eight days and a girl is fourteen days, 
the women go visit the mother and baby. I said I would go and 
twenty minutes later Jeremiah iook all of us in the cruiser. I took 
Matthias with me, because he was awake. Let me tell you, I had a 
real jolt to go visit that sweet women in her circumstances. This is 
her third baby, a girl after two boys. I knew her from before, and 
knew she had a rough life. The house itself was not bad for Kenya. 
It had several rooms, but was very dark and gloomy. The only 
thing bright about the place was Roselyn's happy face. She was so 
glad to see us, and Emelda and I were the only women who came 
for the little service. She and the children wore raggy clothes, and 
the poor tiny baby wore only a very dirty sweater, besides being 
wrapped in a worn, stained blanket. She "testified" about the events 
of the birth. Her husband works nights and had not gotten home 



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though it was morning. She delivered the baby by herself in her 
house and took care of everything. She said, "I could not have 
done it without God's help", (which I firmly believe). Later she took 
the baby to the doctor and found out the baby weighs 2 kilo, which 
is less than 4 1/2 pounds. She was full term, but I wonder how well 
Roselyn eats. I knew her husband used to be a drunk, and won- 
dered about it. I had my answer before the end of the visit. The 
three of us sang a song and I had a devotion. As I was talking her 
husband came in quietly and sat down. He acted normal enough, 
I thought, though I do not know him very well. I felt funny talking 
with a man in the room, but I did not think he was a Christian. 
Emelda prayed for the baby, and then said that "maybe her daddy 
would like to say something." I do not think he even heard, for he 
was in the process of standing up. He just could not get his bal- 
ance, and kept sitting down again. He finally staggered down the 
hall, while we sat there in a daze. Roselyn just sat there and smiled. 
I just hoped he went to bed and did not get up until we were gone. 
I looked at my watch; it was forty-five minutes before I had told 
Jeremiah we would be ready to go! I felt a little nervous, remem- 
bering that he could be violent in this state. Then I just felt pity. To 
imagine living with a husband like that! I felt extremely sheltered 
and pampered. I also thanked God for my husband. Emelda told 
me that Roselyn's husband has a good job, but the family goes in 
rags because he drinks up the money. And to watch Roselyn's 
beaming face. Her oldest son is four and has malaria. She af- 
forded one of the medicines the doctor prescribed, but not the other. 
We went on visiting until Jeremiah arrived. She thanked us pro- 
fusely for coming. I took the paper from the doctor and wished I 
could change more for the poor woman. I had read Psalms 46 to 
her, and was confident she better understood it than I did. That 
woman was a real blessing to me. Sorry this commentary got so 
long! 

July 25, 2002, Thursday 

I forgot to say that Gilbert's mother passed away on Monday 
evening. She had cancer and they knew it was coming. We heard 
today that burial will be on Saturday. This day has been rather 
cool, but still it was a sunny day. I spent a lot of time at the com- 
puter, it seemed. Cheryl worked hard to wash up the cruiser, inside 
and out. Then the electricity went off around 1 1 :00 A.M. She had 



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to have the guys bring down the generator so she could finish her 
job. I used some of our aged bananas to make banana bread after 
lunch when the children went to bed. We had a women's meeting 
and Florence lead the teachings. I wasn't there long because the 
bread was still in the oven and then Matthias needed me. But 
there was a good group of women again today. The electricity 
came on at 6:00 P.M. just in time for supper and the evening. Cheryl 
made cabbage soup and a fruit cocktail jello for supper. We got 
rain in the early evening and everyone is chilled. We are putting on 
sweatshirts and shoes tonight! 

July 26, 2002 

Jeremiah needed plumbing supplies in Kitale, so we went to- 
day. We decided to take the children along. It went pretty good. 
Jeremiah came to Suam until I was done. The old Indian man that 
owns the store (I presume) gave the children each a sucker. They 
really enjoyed them. We got home about noon and heard about 
another baby that had just died. The mother is Carol, a new at- 
tendee that I have not met. Her eleven month son ; Derrick, died 
this morning. It sounds as if he had malaria and just dehydrated. 
Sometimes they wait so long to get medical attention. It realiy put 
a cloud over our day here. Some of the men from church came to 
talk about the funeral arrangements for that baby tonight. Jeremiah 
decided he is going to go to Gilbert's mother's funeral tomorrow. 
There has been too many deaths recently! 

July 27, 2002, Saturday 

At 3:15 A.M. there was a rattle on the window in the children's 
room. That was Jeremiah's wake-up call!! They got the wrong 
window, but I was glad. We would probably have jumped out of our 
skin if they had done that on our window! They had to catch the 
matatu to Kakemega (and beyond) at 3:30. It was a long unevent- 
ful day for me. Ray and Cheryl took a little trip for their day off, and 
picked up some lumber he had ordered. Jeremiah got home at 
7:30 this evening. He really enjoyed his day and wished he had 
remembered the camera. In Western province there are huge boul- 
ders and the country is beautiful. The meatball parmiguana I made 
for supper was still warm when he got home, and he really enjoyed 
it. He did get one meal at about 2:00 P.M. and he said he ate a LOT 
of ugoli because he was so hungry! I had to let the clothes hang 



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out all night on the verandah because we got rain this afternoon 
and it stayed really damp. 

July 28, 2002, Sunday 

Today we had planned to go to Chepcornishwa (Kapcornishwa 
according to Micaiahl). We took the 100L barrel full of water be- 
cause it is so dry down there and they have to go a long way to get 
water, Jeremiah about croaked at all the people that piled in to go 
along from here! I am sure the Pokots from here enjoy worship- 
ping with those from Chepcornishwa occasionally. There were a 
lot of people standing in the back of the cruiser! Church did not 
start until 10:45, and we had two interpreters, so it was a long 
service. At 1:00 P.M., during Jeremiah's sermon, I had to go out. 
The two younger ones were fussy and that place was packed. (We 
took five boards from the top of the cruiser to make more benches 
for sitting.) Finally, at 1:45 church was over. They did the greeting 
outside in Pokot style — which is really different. I forgot how dis- 
tinctly different the Pokot people are! We really enjoyed the day of 
Pokot singing, fellowship and visiting. It was a learning experience 
for our children, too. It was their first experience in a mud-stick 
church! Micaiah was sitting by the wail— mistake! He just wanted 
to pick at it continually! About halfway through the service Ho- 
sanna was looking down at the floor with a funny look on her face. 
She looks at me and says, "The floor is DIRT! It's like outside!" I 
just had to hide my smile and urge to giggle. After visiting a while 
we walked down to Francis' house and visited while the women 
made the meal. We finally had our turn to eat. It must have been 
around 3:00 P.M. Our children were filthy dirty, especially Jerusha. 
I gave up trying to keep them clean. The dirt there is really sandy 
and they played in it most of the day. We really had a fun (though 
dirty!) day. Our load of people sang all the way there and all the 
way home again. Jeremiah told the people at church that no one 
knows how to sing like they do. They really liked that! 

Noeckers stayed at Makutano and went to a service at Carol's 
house (the one whose baby just died). We got home at 5:30. 
July 29, 2002 

We got up at 3:10 and rushed to get ready to go! We took 
Micaiah, Jerusha and Matthias. They all were very cheerful and 
excited about going, even so early in the morning. We went to 



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Carol's house where we picked up most of our load of people. Our 
family was crammed into the front of the cruiser, but the back was 
even more crammed full of people. They put the little casket on top 
of the cruiser and we took off shortly after 4:00 A.M. The trip went 
well. Jeremiah became tired driving and asked them to sing. They 
sang, and that was fun. For fun they sang songs in Swahili, Pokot, 
Turkana and Luo. Our children slept. Jerusha was sitting on the 
floor between my feet and gave my left ankle a real kink. Micaiah 
soon woke and tried to sing along with them. All day he was trying 
to sing some of the more familiar Swahili songs. He really likes to 
sing. 

We were able (thank God for the cruiser!) to drive right up to 
the home of Carol's husband. The husband and father's home is 
the burial ground. We got there at 7:15 and people were waiting 
for us. They brought chairs from all over the countryside for seats, 
and a lot of neighbor women came for the day. Other than that, the 
funeral consisted mostly of the group we took in the cruiser. The 
mother shed tears a couple times, but very few else seemed emo- 
tional at all. They are so used to death, it seems. I probably cried 
the most. They opened the casket next to the house and soon 
started to dig the grave. Several youth from our church here went 
along to dig the grave. I took the children to the cruiser and fed 
them bananas and part of a cookie at 9:00 A.M. Around 9:30 they 
brought breakfast for us. Jeremiah told me earlier not to eat any- 
thing, so I would enjoy the ugoli when it was served. We had maize 
and beans (cooked and fried, I think) and bread and tea. We barely 
made a dent in those bowls of maize and beans! But the chai (tea) 
sure was good! 

Around 1 1:00 we had the little service. Peter was the MC and 
Jeremiah had a little sermon. It was a real opportunity, because a 
lot of the people there were Catholic and/or not saved. After that 
they did the little processional to the grave, singing all the way. 
Phanuel did the graveside service. It was in Swahili so I do not 
know what he said. They let the little casket down in the hole with 
ropes and sang as they covered the grave. Then they did the sing- 
ing escort of the family back to the hut which was the grandmother's 
home. 

At about 1 :00 they brought out dinner. (They were really punc- 
tual!) It was ugoli, beef and broth, and scuma (greens). It was a 



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good meal! The greens had a delicious seasoning and the beef 
was really good for here. (Florence says it is always good in West- 
ern Province.) It was fun and funny to show the children how to eat 
Kenyan food — without spoons!! Micaiah took right on to using his 
ugoli as a spoon and said the food was good. Jerusha was hilari- 
ous. She first put a bit of ugoli in her mouth, then immediately 
sputtered it back out. Thankfully, the cooks were not watching, and 
Hosea and Florence were just amused. She held a little ball of it in 
her hand, and decided it must be PLAYDOUGH! She put it on the 
table and smashed it with her little fist. I about died with laughing 
and I think Jeremiah was embarrassed. One of the servers gave 
her a little bowl of beef and broth and I showed her how to dip her 
ugoli and bite it. She caught on and liked it. She never did like the 
scuma though. We left at about 2:00 P.M., leaving Carol, her hus- 
band and child there. We were home around 5:30, after dropping 
everyone off at their homes. The children had baths and we were 
all glad to go to bed. 

July 30, 2002 

I felt really swamped this morning, but I was so grateful to Cheryl 
for what she did for me yesterday. She washed our clothes and 
swept our rooms, besides making supper for me last evening. By 
noon I felt together again. This was our day off, but we surely did 
not want to go away, after the last two days. Today was so damp 
and chilly that we had the children wear shoes and sweatshirts. I 
guess this is Kenya's coolest season. We got rain and tried to keep 
the doors shut this evening. Some of Cheryl's girls are getting sick 
with croup and colds. 

July 31, 2002, Wednesday 

Jeremiah thought he was going to finish the plumbing today 
and was hoping for no leaks. JOKE! He said it is almost like a 
sprinkler system. And he tried to be so careful. He really is looking 
forward to doing electrical wiring, he said, because it cannot leak!! 
Ray was gone to Kitale a lot of the day. We did laundry and house- 
work. This afternoon when the children were napping we had a big 
rainstorm with thunder. It POURED for a long time. We had one 
bucket and five or six containers sitting around the house to catch 
all the drips. In the kitchen water ran in a stream down the wall 
beside the stove! We all were chilled. I made Popover Pizza and 
Spinach for supper. Cheryl made a fruit salad for supper again. It 



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had grapes, mangoes, pineapples, papaya and bananas in it. It 
was delicious! We have had it (without grapes) three times in the 
last week, but the bowl was scraped clean. We just chop up the 
fruit; we do not even add sugar. YUM! I am not missing peaches 
and black sweet cherries so much with this to eat! 
July 31, 2002 

Hello, everyone this is Jere. It's been awhile since I wrote last. 
Seems that I have been very busy lately. 

I have tried to take over for Ray in the church work so that he 
can focus on the house more. So I have no day that I spend only 
working on the house without interruption. I really do not mind 
though because I know it frees up Ray and he is making really 
good headway. He has all the tin nailed up on the one side and all 
the boards up that hold the tile on. (I was sidetracked again. This 
morning four men came to request assistance on a water project. 
By the time I got the men told of the proper procedure I then went 
to the house to work a little then it was time for lunch. Well I am 
finally back and it is now 4:45.) Today Ray has been working on 
the culvert for the driveway to the new house. Now on to my re- 
port. 

Last time I wrote I was telling you about the piumbing in the last 

bathroom. Well, it was about as bad as I expected. I started out 
with about nine or ten leaks. Mbaya sana! (Very Bad) Well, I spent 
a couple of days stopping those and was very sidetracked with 
other things. Well, I was stopped again and now it is Wednesday 
night. It has been probably a couple of weeks since the guest 
bathroom has been done. Lately I have been working on the sup- 
ply line and installing the pressure tank, the emergency storage 
tank and the hot water heater. Finally today I tied the whole system 
together and at 1:00 I connected a hose to the supply line and 
turned it on. I must say I have been senselessly hopeful for no 
leaks. After turning on the hose I climbed up the ladder to where all 
the tanks are and it was not quite a sprinkler system but almost. I 
had two unions leaking: they were easily stopped. Then I noticed 
that the bottom of the storage tank where the line comes out was 
leaking. Also where I had used some close nipples were leaking in 
about three or four places. To add the topping on the cake, where 
the elements on the water heater screw in were leaking. I am hop- 
ing that it is around the threads and not where they welded the 



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fittings into the tank. It was about 5:00 and I tore into the line and 
got it apart where the close nipples were leaking. I am going to try 
to use rope and Teflon tape to make the threads seal. (That is how 
the fundies here seal all the factory threads.) (Fundies — pro- 
nounced with a u-sound as in you, and the i-is pronounced long e). 
Enough on plumbing, 

Ray poured the culvert for the new driveway yesterday. That 
like everything else has a story, which I would like to give in brief. 
First Ray had applied to have the drive come straight off the road 
to the house like the other compound does. But the man in the 
office for that department said that he had to use the road (a glori- 
fied path really) that ran beside the new house. Well he had men 
working to direct the route over to that road. However, either the 
man died or was transferred because the new guy came along and 
said we cannot use that other road, we need to put in our own 
culvert and own driveway. Hapa Kenya. 

I will tell you how I spent the day, Saturday, July 27, on public 
transport and all that and also how my birthday went on Monday, 
but that will have to wait until next time. Till next time. JJ 



IF THIS WERE D-DAY, ARE YOU GOOD ENOUGH TO GO? 

Suppose this were D-day, the day you Die or the day that Jesus 
comes to Deliver us out of this world to live with Him. Have you 
been good enough to go? Maybe it's time to stop and take an 
inventory, to check up on the way you have been living. 

Have you been having a daily prayer and Bible reading time? 
Have you been attending church regularly? Have you been tith- 
ing? Have you been visiting the widows and orphans? 

Have you been staying away from places that could be a bad 
influence or temptation to you? Have you been listening to only 
Christian radio stations? Have you been careful in the types of 
reading material you use? 

Are you walking humbly? Do you thankfully accept everything 
that happens in your life? Do you have a steady supply of patience 
and a heart empty of anger? Do you obey everything God has 
asked you to do in His Word? 

What about your outside? Do you dress modestly, plainly, and 



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not according to the fashions of the world? Sisters, are you wear- 
ing a proper prayer covering? 

Do you abide by all the decisions made by the church of which 
you are a member? Do you submit to those in authority over you? 

Do you obey the laws of the land? 

Husbands, have you been a Godly and spiritual leader in your 
home? Do you have your children in proper submission? Wives, 
are you in willing submission to your husband? 

Have you been good enough to go? If so, then you may be as 
the scribes and the Pharisees, for they, too, were good men, obey- 
ing the law precisely, wearing the right clothes, saying the right 
things, doing exactly what they believed God required of them. If 
you are good enough to go, if you are a 'good Christian', then you 
might not make it. If you are good enough to go, then you need to 
get on your knees and cry out for God to have mercy. 

You may be good, but you can never be good enough. 
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our 
righteousnesses are as filthy rags;" Isa. 64:6a (emphasis added) 

Only by the blood of Jesus, as your covering of righteousness, 
can you be good enough to go. Before that point; and after that 
point, there is nothing you can do to make yourself good enough. 
As you read the above questions, and knew in your heart that you 
could say, ''yes" to most of them, if you felt satisfied and safe be- 
cause you could say, "yes", then you may be resting on your good 
works as a Christian to make you good enough for heaven. It will 
not be enough. Forever and always, your oniy hope is the mercy 
of God who sees you as perfect through the blood of Jesus. You 
may have known this in your mind, but if you are still striving to 'be 
good', then you have not realized it in your spirit. 

When you truly realize your unworthy condition before God, 
when you understand that no matter how good a Christian you are 
you will never attain to God's standard of holiness, when you real- 
ize that only His grace is sufficient to cover your sin through the 
blood of Jesus, then you will not be concerned about being able to 
answer yes to the above questions. When you consider your own 
righteous works, you will bow your head in shame, for it is indeed a 
shame for us to ever think our good Christian actions will approve 
us before Him. ,: Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are 



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ye now made perfect by the flesh?" Gal. 3:3. Our own good Chris- 
tian actions will only be as spots on garments made white through 
His blood. 

The following thoughts are paraphrased from a sermon I once 
heard: "Good works are a result of God : s grace in our lives, en- 
abling us to do them from a heart of love; which works should cause 
people to look back at God and say 'What a glorious God he serves'', 
rather than looking at us and saying how good we are." 

If you are trying to be good to please God so that you can go to 
heaven, your good works are for your benefit, for your glory. If 
your good works flow out of an humbled and grateful heart desir- 
ing to be of service to the Savior because of His mercy and love by 
which you have been promised heaven, and because of the mag- 
nificence of the One Who resides there, then G_od is glorified. "For 
it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good 
pleasure." Phil. 2:13. "Being confident of this very thing, that he 
which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day 
of Jesus Christ:" Phil. 1:6 

I was reminded recently that there are two sides to the Tree of 
the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As a Christian who has ieft be- 
hind the evil ways of the world, you may still be eating from the 
good side of the tree, being a good Christian by your own strength, 
from the knowledge you have of what it means to be good. Whether 
you eat from the evil side or the good, you are still eating from the 
tree of death, rather than from the Tree of Life. 

Jesus is that Tree of Life. Dear Christian, give up your good 
ways, and find Life. The ruler who came to Jesus asked what he 
must do to inherit eternal life. After hearing that he had kept all 
the law, Jesus told the ruler (in part) to 'sell all that thou hast' and 
'come, follow me'. 'And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful- 
for he was very rich;' Luke 18:23. Are you rich in good Christian 
works? "And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, 
How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kinqdom of 
God!" Luke 18:24. 

Sell the riches of your good works and stand before Him as you 
really are — a Christian, wretched, and miserable, and poor, and 
blind and naked. (Rev. 3:17) Repent of the 'good', and just allow 
Jesus to live in you and through you. Partake only of the Tree of 



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Life, learn to follow Jesus, learn to sit at His feet and listen to His 
Spirit. Let the good that you do be only the good of Jesus working 
through your life. Only as your good works come from the Tree of 
Life will they be able to produce life. 

So if this were D-day, would you be good enough to go? I hope 
you can say, "y es "> not checking to see if you've been good enough, 
but because of "...being justified by faith, we have peace with God 
through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by 
faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of glory 
of God." Rom. 5:1-2 Tor we through the Spirit wait for the hope of 
righteousness by faith." Gal. 5:5 

"Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our 
Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of 
the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to 
do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, 
through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." 
Heb. 13:20-21 

For Him, 

Sister Arlene Siamy 

McClave, CO 

IN TRUST WITH THE GOSPEL 

"For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor 
in guile: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the 
gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which 
tneth our hearts." I Thess. 2:3-4. 

"Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faith- 
ful." I Cor. 4:2. 

The Apostle Paul was a great example to all of us today that 
have been put in trust with the gospel. He preached the Word: in its 
purity and in its fullness. He did not use deceit or uncleanness or 
guile. He was open-faced with all men. "What you saw was what 
you got." No one ever had to wonder if his life was different when 
he went where nobody knew him. He did not use "cunningly de- 
vised fables" (II Peter 1:16). He felt no need to trick people into 
believing the gospel, or to coerce them. The gospel was true, in his 
eyes, and the Holy Ghost was able to do the persuading. He did 



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not endeavor to please men. "...if I yet pleased men, I should not 
be the servant of Christ." (Galatians 1:10) He was a steward that 
was put in trust with the gospel. Stewards are required to be found 
faithful. 

Paul sought to please God rather than men. God is a God of 
truth and requires that His servants be truthful. If we are not sin- 
cere, we cannot be of service to God. If we are not truthful, we 
cannot please God. 

As Christians, we should have an aim to please God, just like 
Paul. He desired to remain true to God, to be sincere, and to do 
everything according to God's Word. Those who teach and preach 
God's Word have been committed to a sacred trust. Paul told Timo- 
thy to "...keep that which is committed to thy trust." (I Tim. 6:20) As 
parents we have a sacred trust in our children. May God help us to 
see that we have to be good stewards of the gospel of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

Paul said in Colossians 1:25, "Whereof I am made a minister, 
according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, 
to fulfil the word of God." It is not easy. It requires someone who is 
dedicated and determined and full of the Holy Ghost and fire. It 
requires someone who does not hold grudges, who does not seek 
revenge, who loves the souls of mankind over his own life. It re- 
quires someone, as Paul said in I Corinthians 2:2, "...determined 
not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him cru- 
cified; The gospel, Jesus Christ and Him crucified is all we need to 
proclaim. As Paul says in I Corinthians 15:3, "...how that Christ 
died for our sins according to the scriptures, And that he was bur- 
ied, and that he rose again the third day according to the scrip- 
tures: and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After 
that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom 
the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 
After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last 
of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time." 
(verses 3-8) Paul was a witness of the Saviour. John 20:21 says 
(and these are the words of Jesus), "...Peace be unto you: as my 
Father hath sent me, even so send I you." 

We have been chosen, called, and entrusted with the gospel. 
We must therefore use our talents to the honor and glory of God. 
We must then trust Him, in all His providence, to carry it through. 



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Philippians 1 :6 tells us that we can be : '.. .confident of this very thing, 
that he which hath begin a good work in you will perform it until the 
day of Jesus Christ. 17 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Bam Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073-9162 

LEAD ME IN A PLAIN PATH 

"Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, be- 
cause of mine enemies." Psalm 27:1 1 

"When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness (fickle- 
ness)? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the 
flesh, that with me there should be yea, yea and nay, nay?" II 
Corinthians 1:17 

We are not suggesting that David observed the plain (without 
outward adornment) way of life. In fact, David was not a Christian. 
But his plea to the Lord is applicable to all saints of all times. 

The definition of "plain" as we wish to use it in this article is 
"clear or concise." In our day it is very popular to allow each man 
(and woman) to decide for themselves what Scripture means and 
how it is to be applied to their lives. There is a kernel of truth in this 
type of thinking. We are each accountable to God for how we live 
out the Scriptures and, ultimately, not to man. But think with us, if 
you will, as we explore the danger in this type of thinking. 

First the Psalmist pleads, "Teach me thy way, Lord." When 
we study the Scriptures are we truly seeking to know the way of the 
Lord or are we attempting to twist Holy Scripture to make it fit into 
our preconceived ideas? Over the years there have been individu- 
als who claim God gave them direct revelations through dreams, 
visions and even talking directly to Him. Most of these "revelations" 
were directly opposed to the commonly accepted understanding of 
Scripture. Through "diligently searching the Scriptures" they veri- 
fied their "new Light" and often gained many followers. 

Next the Psalmist pleads for God to "lead me in a plain path." 
How do we as individuals discern what a clear or concise path is? 
At this time God did use dreams, visions and even talking directly 
to individuals, in the New Testament era the Holy Spirit was given. 



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This is always our guide to truth. Does the Holy Spirit lead indi- 
viduals into different truths? To explore this we turn to our verse 
out of II Corinthians. 

In this verse the Apostle Paul was defending his decision to 
make a change in his travel agenda. In the verses following it he 
made a spiritual application. The Apostle Paul asks the Corinthians 
if he used lightness in his decision. Lightness can be interpreted 
as fickleness, according to Strong's. When we "make a change in 
direction' 1 spiritually speaking are we being fickle (not consistent}? 
Many changes in church order have come about because an indi- 
vidual "received new light" and shared it with others who accepted 
it as Gospel truth. They, of course, found Scripture to back up their 
thoughts. Perhaps more alarming is the fact that an individual "dis- 
covered new doctrine in Holy Scripture" and attained a following. 

Paul asks an important question, "The things that I purpose, do 
I purpose according to the flesh?" The Bible teaches that the flesh 
wars against the Spirit. There is in each of us the fleshly desire to 
do our own thing. We do not normally like others telling us what we 
can or cannot do. It is. often very difficult to submit to someone 
else. Contrary to days gone by, those with a critical spirit are seen, 
more often than not, as those who stand for the teachings of the 
Church as they were historically understood. 

Paul concludes with, "that with me there should be yea, yea, 
and nay. nay." In other words, Paul would be ambiguous in his 
speech. Some individuals change opinions and directions as often 
as they change their garments! These individuals are often lead- 
ers with quite a following. We are not speaking specifically about 
church officials, though they do carry a great responsibility. 

The Psalmist ends his thought with the phrase, "because of 
mine enemies." We use the word "enemies" in a very loose way 
here meaning those who ridicule us. We believe there are degrees 
of enemies. First, those who oppose the Scriptural teachings of 
salvation. Then those who differ on how salvation is applied. This 
includes, but is not limited to, how we live out Scriptural principles 
and teachings. When we are not clear on what we believe we give 
"the enemy" an opportunity to bring accusation. If we are not con- 
cise in what we say, the real enemy, Satan, will have opportunity to 
bring about confusion. 



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May we each desire that God would lead us in a plain path. We 
will never come to a perfect agreement. Let us beware that our 
differences do not destroy our witness to the world and those we 
come into contact with on a daily basis. May we study the Scrip- 
tures desiring that God, through the Holy Spirit, would lead us into 
all truth. May we be willing to set aside selfish desires to be one in 
the Lord. As Paul says in II Corinthians 1 :24, ''Not for that we have 
dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy, for by faith 
ye stand." 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

BIBLE STORIES 

"WHO TOUCHED ME?" 

Matthew 9:18-22, Luke 8:41-48 

One day while Jesus was teaching the people, a ruler of the 
Jews named Jairus fell down at His feet and begged Jesus to come 
home with him. Jairus had only one little girl about twelve years 
old, and she had been sick and was about to die. He said, "If you 
will only come and lay your hand upon her she will live." 

The man started for his home, and Jesus and the disciples 
followed him. They couldn't go very fast because there were so 
many people crowding along the road wanting to see Jesus. In the 
crowd of people there was a woman that had a disease that had 
caused her to bieed for twelve years. She had gone from one 
doctor to another and had spent everything she had, and still she 
wasn't any better. 

When she heard Jesus was coming, she thought to herself, "I 
don't want to trouble the Master, but if I can but touch the hem of 
His garment 1 will be made whole." As fast as she could she made 
her way through the crowd of people, and when she came near 
Jesus she reached out and touched the border of His clothes, and 
right away she was healed of her bleeding. 

Jesus turned around and said, "Who touched me?" 

Peter said, "Why Master, there is a multitude around you and 
why do you say, Who touched me?" 



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Jesus said, "Somebody touched me for I perceive virtue is gone 
out of me; 

Now when the woman saw that Jesus knew ail about her. she 
was afraid and felt down at His feet and told Him before all the 
people for what cause she had touched Him and how she was 
instantly healed. And Jesus said, 'Daughter, be of good comfort; 
thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.' ! 

Let us remember that Jesus doesn't neglect anyone who will 
come to Him. First we have to get close to Jesus by obeying His 
words, and then by faith we can reach out and receive the healing 
power for our poor, sick souls, just as this poor woman did who had 
been diseased so long. 

Brother Rudy Cover 

OBITUARY 

MARYOSBORN 

Sister Mary Loretta Osborn was born near Williston, North Da- 
kota, January 26, 1915. She was the daughter of Abraham and 
Lydia Evalena (Eikenberry) Miller. She departed this life, August 
16, 2002, at Modesto, California at the age of 87 years, 6 months 
and 20 days. 

In her youth, the family moved to Anderson, Indiana, where 
Mary became a charter member of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in 1926. A few years later they moved to the Eldorado, Ohio area, 
where they lived until 1933, when they moved to the Bryan, Ohio 
area. There she lived until 1963, when she moved to Cherry Valley, 
Cafifornia. Mary was an excellent cook and baker. She had worked 
in a restaurant in West Unity and a bakery in Bryan, Ohio. After 
moving to California, she had cooked at the San Gorgonio Pass 
Memorial Hospital, before becoming the kitchen supervisor at the 
Hylond, Banning, Convalescent Hospital. 

In April 1970, she married Roy Osborn in Cherry Valley, Califor- 
nia. They enjoyed over ten years of happy married life in their 
home in Beaumont, before Roy's death on January 3, 1981. She 
remained in her home until 1986 when she moved to an apartment 
in Waterford, California. There she lived until her last illness. 



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She enjoyed traveling, especially for General Conference and 
Lovefeasts. She touched many lives in each of the places where 
she lived. She touched many children's lives as a Sunday School 
teacher and by sharing gifts. 

Her mother died exactly fifty-nine years before Mary, on Au- 
gust 1 6, 1 943. Her father died March 4, 1 953. Also preceding her 
in death were her sister, Gladys Miller; her brothers, Isaac Miller 
and Paul Miller; two half-sisters, Cora Miller and Mabel Rensberger 
and her half-brother, Samuel Miller. She is survived by Nieces, 
Nephews, Cousins and many friends. 

Elder Henry Walker, assisted by Brother Rod Renicker, con- 
ducted the funeral services at the Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel, 
Modesto, California on August 21, 2002. Graveside services were 
conducted by Elder Milton Cook at the Mountain View Cemetery, 
Beaumont, California, August 22, 2002. Memorial Services were 
held at the Pleasant Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church on August 
25, 2002. 

NEWS ITEMS 

HELP! 

The African Mission Board is sending this request for anyone 
who is interested in helping to complete the house in Kenya. Please 
respond to Merle Sweitzer at mandcswtzr@juno.com. The need is 
for volunteers who are capable of painting, installing tile on the 
floor and installing the ceiling. If you are not skilled and would still 
like to go, please respond as we may be able to send you with 
someone who is more skilled. We trust that some will consider 
going to help. You will be very blessed as you give yourself to help 
in the field. 

In Christ Love, 

Brother Merle E, Sweitzer 

(717) 993-2637 

MC CLAVE, COLORADO 

The McClave Congregation welcomes you to our revival meet- 
ings, September 1 through 8, 2002, Lord willing. Brother Kevin 
Funk will be our evangelist. We would appreciate your prayers for 



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him as he prepares for this ministry, and for our congregation as 
we prepare our hearts to receive what Jesus has for us. 

Sister Arlene Stamy, Cor. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The West Fulton Congregation is looking forward to their reviv- 
als the week of September 29 through October 6. Bro. Ray Stuber, 
from Shrewsbury Pennsylvania is to be the evangelist. On Sun- 
day October 6, will be the Harvest Meeting. Services on week 
nights will start at 7:30 and on Sunday morning at 9:30 and evening 
at 7:00. Please pray for these meetings. All are welcome to come 
and worship with us. 

Sister Dianne Heisey, Cor. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lititz Congregation plans a revival meeting, October 13 
through 20, 2002, 9:30 Sunday mornings, 7:30 each evening, with 
Bro. Lloyd Lorenz as the speaker. Lovefeast is scheduled for Sun- 
day October 20. Please remember us in your prayers and atten- 
dance. 

Sister Arlene Birt, Cor. 
CARD SHOWER 

There will be a card shower for Sister Clara Gunderman for her 
100th birthday, October 31. 

Clara Gunderman 
22605 County Road 118 
Goshen, IN 46528 

Sister Ruth Wilson 

THANKYOU 

On behalf of the Brookville, Ohio Clothes Distribution Center, 
we wish to express our appreciation to the Dunkard Brethren young 
people for their helping hands on Tuesday, June 11. Nearly one 
hundred came during Conference, to sort, bag and bale over two 
hundred bags of clothing for poor folks oversees. Bless each of 
you for your willing hearts. Come again when your Conference 
rotates to Southwestern Ohio. 

Gerald C. Wagoner 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR OCTOBER 

2002 

Oct. 6 - Affections That Yoke Us Apart From Christ - II Cor. 6:1 1-7:1 

1 . What is it in the nature of a believer, that demands sepa- 
ration from the unholy? 

2. Salvation in Jesus Christ means that we share the Father's 
life, but what will cause us to enter fully into the Father's 

love and fellowship? 

Oct. 13 - Paul's Heart of Love for the Corinthians - II Cor. 7:2-16 

1. Paul was greatly encouraged by the church at Corinth, 
so why did he fear that they wouldn't receive him? 

2. How did they respond to Paul's first letter to them, and 
was his boasting an accurate assessment of their situa- 
tion? 

Oct. 20 - Motivating to Give - II Cor. 8:1-15 

1, Paul taught them that giving was based on a debt they 
owed, but how did he teach them that more importantly 
it was an act of grace? 

2. What does it say about a church if they don't give gener- 
ously? 

Oct. 27 - The Trustworthiness of Paul's Companions - II Cor. 8:16- 
24 

1. If we are faithful with the giving and handling of the Lord's 
money, but have no burden for the lost, where does that 
leave us? 

2. What is the significance of a partner or fellow helper when 
it comes to the work of the Lord? 



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YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
OCTOBER 2002 

Oct. 6 - Our Eagerness - Mark 10:13-22. I Cot ..15:1-10 Acts 13-38- 

44, Acts 17:16-34 

1. As adults our eagerness often comes from wrong mo- 
tives, so how do we acquire the innocence and sinceritv 
of a child? y 

2. Why do the things of this world hold so much attraction 
for us, when we have in our possession things of eternal 
value? 

Oct. 13 - Mysteries - Jer. 12:1-4, John 3:8-15, Rom 11 '33-36 I 
Cor. 15:51-58, Eph. 5:30-32 

1 . How do we discern the deeper things of God'? 

2. When there are things that remain a mystery, how do we 
find a peace in our hearts until God chooses to reveal it 
to us? 

Oct. 20 - Little Evils - Pro. 6:6-23, Ec. 10:1-20, I Cor. 5:6-8 

1. What seven things does the Lord hate? 

2. Can you think of an experience in your life in which the 
principle of a little leaven, became a reality? 

Oct. 27 - Perilous Times - Gen. 6:1-13, II Tim. 3:1-7 

1 . Can you identify conditions in Noah's day that are similar 
to our day? 

2. Why is it so deceptive when people living an evil lifestyle, 
still try to maintain a form of Godliness? 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD COTRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 
3949S100E 

Peru. IN 36970 

Dennis St. John. Secretary 
21397-CountyRoadB50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave,CO31057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel.iA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2270 Co. Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford.CA 95386 

Frank E.Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 1 7225 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Marl in Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 1 2th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump. Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood. OH 45322 

Ronald Marks, Secretary' 
1813N.136thAvenue 
Hart, Ml 49420 



Fred O, Pifer, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton. OH 43501 

Rick St. John 

2578 County Road 20-2 

Archbold, OH 43502 

Marl in Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Phil Franklin 

1520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95350 

Russell Kasza 
21968MeinershaganRd. 
Higgensville MO 64037 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
1 2409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford.CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel.lA 50003 
(515)993-3028 

Lloyd Lorenz, Treasurer 
3949 S 100 E 
Peru, IN 44970 
(576)473-5045 

Gordon Jamison 
R1 Box 136 
Quinter, KS 67752 
(785) 754-3639 

David Aungst 
334 Birds Hill Rd. 
Pine Grove, PA 17963 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Stales, Superintendent 
HCR79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center. IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

Justin Beck 
480ShuberlRd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Dale Meyers 
2369 F Ave. 
Redfieid. IA 50063 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Phil Franklin, Secretary 
1520 Brannon Ave. 
Modesto, CA 95350 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 6407B 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Verlinq Wolfe 
115ClubRd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

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BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LXXX OCTOBER, 2002 NO. 10 

,: For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel . 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through fa ith and obedience. 

WAIT, AND MURMUR NOT 

O troubled heart, there is a home 
Beyond the reach of toil and care; 
A home where changes never come; 
Who would not fain be resting there? 

Yet when bowed down beneath the load 
By heav'n allowed, thine earthly lot; 
Look up! thou'lt reach that blest abode, 
Walt, meekly wait, and murmur not. 

If in thy path some thorns are found, 
O, think who bore them on his brow; 
If grief thy sorrowing heart has found, 
It reached a holier than thou. 

Toil on, nor deem, tho ! sore it be, 
One sigh unheard, one pray'r forgot; 

The day of rest will dawn for thee; 
Walt, meekly wait, and murmur not. 
AN'. H. Bellamy 



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LAMENTATION, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, AND 
CONFESSION 

Reading the Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah, we are 
struck by the deep sorrow that the condition of the people caused 
Jeremiah. He had warned them repeatedly throughout his long 
prophetic career that they must get right with God. They had failed 
to heed his sage advice. Now they were suffering the conse- 
quences. 

Those consequences were severe. About one hundred and 
fifty years previously Judah had witnessed the fall of Israel Is- 
rael had totally disregarded the ways of God after the division 
following the death of Solomon. Despite the efforts of several 
godly prophets, they had continued in deep sin and disregard for 
God. God allowed them to feel the power of the Assyrians This 
should have been a lesson to Judah. 

Judah did not profit from that lesson. They continued in the 
same ways that had brought judgment upon Israel. God sent 
several prophets to call them to repentance. Jeremiah wept at 
the people's condition. Josiah had been the last good king of Judah 
After his reformatory efforts brought a slight return to God, there 
had been a continual decline. Finally, God allowed the power of 
Nebuchadnezzar to be unleashed upon the people of Judah. 

Nebuchadnezzar had unleashed his terrible wrath and power 
upon Judah. He had conquered them and carried away the best 



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of the people to Babylon. When his puppet king rebelled against 
him, he unleashed his full fury upon Jerusalem and Judah. The 
Temple was destroyed. The city walls were knocked down. The 
men of Judah's army were killed or led away as slaves. The women 
had been raped. Their homes had been destroyed or given to 
others. The inhabitants who were not carried away or killed were 
left in very desperate straits. They were forced to buy their water 
and wood. The things that had been theirs for the using before 
were not available to them. With battles being fought in the land 
and the farmers being called to the army, there was a scarcity of 
food. With the lack of food, disease became prevalent. Without 
proper farming methods, various pests began to overtake the land. 
Jeremiah had much to lament over as he watched these difficult 
times. 

During his ministry, Jeremiah had foreseen and warned of this 
terrible time to come. Now, as one of those who was left in the 
land he could see and feel the condition of the people. He could 
well have said that he had told them so, but he sought a deeper 
lesson than that from their present situation. 

His hope was that the people would acknowledge that their 
sins had been the cause of their terrible suffering. He wanted 
them to acknowledge that they had strayed far from the ways of 
God. 

Acknowledgment is the first step towards approaching God. 
With a glimmer of faith that God will respond to our cry, we must 
acknowledge that we have sinned. We must realize we are ac- 
countable for our choices. If we choose to ignore God and His 
ways then we must face the consequences of that choice. In our 
daily life we often are able to escape the consequences of our 
actions. Often remedies are found for erroneous actions. With 
God, we remain liable for what we have done. He calls for ac- 
knowledgment of our wrong choices and actions. We can lament 
our situation only so long, then we must seek out the underlying 
cause. To continue to lament when acknowledgment is needed 
will produce no worthwhile results. We will only become more 
depressed. 

Acknowledgment will lead us to confession of our sins. God 



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wishes for us to study and meditate upon our lives and lifestyles 
and be willing to confess where we have done wrong. God wants 
this for us not to destroy or ridicule us, but to bring improvement 
in our lives. God's severity will ultimately work for our good. If we 
ignore His severity and continue in our ways, we will meet His 
severity in the judgment when we can no longer correct the situ- 
ation but must pay the ultimate price. 

The interesting thing about God's dealings with men is that He 
has provided everything needed by men to have eternal life. God 
has provided physical life and our provisions. He has sent His 
Only Son to die for us on the Cross of Calvary. He was willing to 
forsake Him as He bore our sins. He was willing to see Him 
buried in Joseph's grave. He resurrected Him to provide our Spiri- 
tual life. He commended Him for His willingness to give His all for 
us. He promoted Him to a place at His right hand. He has pro- 
vided the plan of salvation for us. He has given all of this plus the 
Holy Spirit to abide within us and guide us. He has done this that 
we might have eternal life. He asks from us a considered choice, 
that we might choose life over death. 

Have you chosen to accept God's offer of eternal life through 
His Son? 

M.C.Cook 

THE TRAGIC SEPARATION OF PAUL AND 
BARNABAS 

Acts 15:35-41 

Paul and Barnabas continued ministering in Antioch for a while. 
This church was flourishing and there were many others who also 
were engaged in preaching and teaching the Word. Things seemed 
to go along quite well for a while until one day, Paul got the itch to 
begin traveling again. So, he went and found Barnabas, and said, 
"Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we 
have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do." 
Barnabas thought that sounded like a good idea, so he agreed. 
But Barnabas was "determined" to take John (Mark) along on the 
journey. 



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Paul was dead set against this idea! How could it be a posi- 
tive thing to take along a "quitter?" When the going got tough, 
Mark got out of the race! He went home. He did not follow through 
to completion his part of the task on the first missionary journey. 
Paul strongly felt that it would be a bad influence upon those in the 
churches they planned to visit if they were to have Mark along as 
part of their missionary team. So Paul stubbornly refused to even 
consider the idea. 

The Scripture does not indicate why Mark discontinued ac- 
companying Paul and Barnabas on the missionary journey at Perga 
in Pamphylia. However, by so doing, he escaped the persecution 
that the others experienced later in the journey. Maybe when Paul 
caused the man at Pamphylia to become blind for a season, it 
was just too much for Mark. Or perhaps Mark got a taste of the 
persecution that was to come, and didn't like it. We really do not 
know why Mark turned back. But we do know that Paul and 
Barnabas had two very different opinions on the issue, and each 
was determined to do it his way. 

There was a very sharp disagreement between the two suc- 
cessful missionaries. So rather than fighting it out, they some- 
how decided to part ways. Perhaps they felt it was better to go 
different ways than to continue to agitate and demand that each 
have his own way. In this way, they did not involve a lot of people 
in the Church at Antioch. They did not divide the crowd into "the 
followers of Paul" and "the followers of Barnabas". They stopped 
the disagreement before it split the church at Antioch. 

In the end, Barnabas took Mark, and sailed for Cyprus. Paul 
took Siias, who was recommended by the brethren, and began 
retracing the steps he and Barnabas took in their first missionary 
journey. 

One positive outcome was that there were now two ministry/ 
missionary teams sent out to spread the good news of the Gos- 
pel! Potentially, these two teams could reach twice the number of 
people as they reached when there was just one team! We should 
always try to see the good in the midst of the bad. Sometimes, 
that's pretty tough to do! 



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There are two lessons in these few verses that should be 
highlighted. 

The first lesson is that Barnabas was willing to give Mark a 
second chance. He obviously felt that Mark had matured and 
had grown in his Christian faith, and was willing to take him along 
again. Just so, many times God gives us a second, third and 
fourth chance in spite of our failures! 

The second lesson is that Paul, in considering the effects of 
including a "quitter' on the ministry team, chose to remain stead- 
fast in his decision of not allowing Mark along on the missionary 
journey He perhaps thought that Mark's attitude of giving up would 
infect the other members of his ministry team. He also likely 
thought that Mark's influence upon those in the churches along 
the way would be a negative one, since they no doubt knew about 
how Mark had abandoned the ministry team on their first mission- 
ary journey. 

Summary Thought...Have you ever had a sharp disagree- 
ment with a fellow Christian? How have you resolved if? Have 
you been able to resolve it? Are there valid times in which it is 
right and proper "to part ways?" Are you willing to give someone 
who blew if a second chance? 

Just a final thought to this passage of Scripture: after quite a 
ong time, Paul was able to see that Mark did prove to be a stead- 
fast valuable ministry warrior. The time of the parting between 
Haul and Barnabas was approximately A.D. 51 . About fifteen years 
later, near the end of Paul's life, he recognized and validated the 
value of Marks ministry by instructing Timothy to "take Mark and 
bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry'- (II 
Timothy 4:1 1). 7 v 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Brother Robert S. Lehigh 

EDIFY ONE ANOTHER 

"Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one an- 
other, even as also ye do." IThessalonians5:11. 



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Not long ago, whilst in a state of spiritual distress, I sought out 
a Brother in the faith with my problem, and he was an encourage- 
ment to me. He did not criticize me, or make light of my problem, 
but he was kind, and told me to seek God's favor, for he had 
walked the same path before. 1 took his advice, which was to 
press on and not be discouraged. I have not regretted it. Another 
servant of God once said, "Be kind, for most people are having a 
rough time." 

To edify means to encourage, to build up, to lift up and lighten 
the burden. In Ephesians 4:11-12, it says, "And he gave some, 
apostles: and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, 
pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work 
of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" 

Though we should edify one another, there are those selected 
of God to edify the Body. Edification is therefore an important 
attribute of the Christian life. Just as the Temple was built up, by 
the hands of many men and the instructions of God, so is His 
church to be built up: each member edified and strengthened by 
God and by each other. The scriptures say that Jesus went about 
doing good. He was our example. We should be building up, not 
tearing down, as Jesus built up. 

In our text, the phrase, "comfort yourselves together" is used. 
We comfort one another when there is adversity or trouble or 
persecution. In many churches today this phrase means nothing 
because there is no persecution. No one speaks of salvation to 
others, no one witnesses of the goodness of God. Church is just 
a social event with no spiritual value. 

Romans 12:15 tells us to "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, 
and weep with them that weep." Verse ten says to be "...kindly 
affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour prefer- 
ring one another." There is no better encouragement than to show 
others that you are in solidarity with them. Sometimes we can do 
nothing more than weep with them, and this is enough because 
they know that you are suffering with them. This is better than 
any amount of kind words, though kind words are also important. 

I Thessalonians 4:1 6-1 8 says, "For the Lord himself shall de- 
scend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, 



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and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shaii rise first: 
Then we which are aiive and remain shali be caught up together 
with them in the clouds, to meet the lord in the air: and so shall we 
ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these 
words." It helps in our uneven journey here below to keep our eye 
on the prize. When we plow a field we look ahead to the end of the 
field. When we run a race, we look to the finish line. When we 
become discouraged, we should remember what lies ahead. Paul 
said, in Philippians 3: 1 4, "I press toward the mark for the prize of 
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." "And every man that hath 
this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." I John 3;3. 

Brother Lynn H, Miller 

70 Round Barn Rd. 

Newmanstown, PA 17073-9162 

THE THREE WOES 

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil: that put 
darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet 
and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own 
eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them who are 
mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: 
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteous- 
ness of the righteous from him!" Isaiah 5:20-23. 

We are living in a time of spiritual confusion. Way back in the 
time of the Old Testament prophets there were those who called 
themselves prophets and priests who were not faithful to the voice 
of God. The New Testament Church also had those who were in 
opposition to the called out leaders of their day. However, in the 
last few hundred years this type of rebellion seems to have been 
on the increase. For certain, the three woes of Isaiah are rel- 
evant for our day. 

We are living in a day when church people are speaking out in 
favor of abortion and telling homosexuals and lesbians that God 
made them that way and not to be ashamed of it! Are they not 
calling evil good? On the other hand, they accuse those who 
warn against such practices of being unloving. Is this not calling 
good evil? 



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The air waves are filled with preachers who insist that we can 
not make modern day applications to the Holy Scriptures. Holly- 
wood movies, television, card piaying and worldly dancing are all 
now considered to be optional for Christians along with many other 
former actions considered to be sinful. Is this putting darkness 
for light? On the other hand, these same preachers are telling the 
multitudes that once they are saved absolutely nothing they do 
will cause an individual to be removed from the grace of God. Is 
this putting light for darkness? 

Popular Christianity teaches that such things as the head cov- 
ering for women are optional at best and legalistic at worst. Is this 
being wise in their own eyes? On the other hand, all too much of 
the conservative movement is prudent (sensible, not hasty in 
speaking or acting) in their own sight. Sadly, fault finding and nit 
picking has become a favorite past time for many conservative 
groups. Most of these individuals, we are certain, are very sin- 
cere in their concern for purity in the Church. Make no mistake 
about it, God does demand that His people be not conformed to 
this world. We also are convinced that we must deal with people 
with a good attitude. 

The arguments for and against total abstinence concerning 
alcoholic beverages has troubled the Church down through the 
centuries. It is surprising how many plain groups do not take the 
position of total abstinence. While we respect their using wine for 
communion we are glad we use the pure juice of the grape. Do 
those who use the wine consider themselves to be mighty to drink 
wine? There are also those who teach that only the weak teach 
against all strong drink. They teach that God gives the power to 
control drunkenness. Are these the men of strength to mingle 
strong drink? 

We could have called this article the four woes. For in verses 
1 8 and 1 9 of this chapter we read these words. "Woe unto them 
that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a 
cart rope: That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, 
that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel 
draw nigh and come, that we may know it!" We see these verses 
as fitting in with the last portion of our present effort. 



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These woes (or abominations) Israel listed are used to justify 
the wicked for reward. One of these rewards is popularity. When 
you draw iniquity with cords of vanity you justify evil with your 
own wisdom. We have heard preachers say such things as "If 
the barn needs a little paint put it on," justifying the use of make up 
and other cosmetics. They interpret modesty in dress and make 
applications until the ideal is meaningless. They argue how short 
is short concerning the length of a woman's hair and end up with 
no standard whatsoever in many cases. They start by arguing 
for "a little jewelry' and often end up with no limitations. All this 
makes them very popular in the eyes of the masses. 

Sadly they take away the righteousness of the righteous from 
him (or her). They do all this claiming to have "the counsel of the 
Holy One of Israel!" Brothers and sisters, if we ever needed dis- 
cernment it is today. May we stand for Truth with Love. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

KENYA KNOTES 

August 3, Saturday 

Jeremiah worked up at the house most of the day and fin- 
ished (I think!) the plumbing. We cleaned the house and I did our 
laundry, Ray moved the computer desk out to the livingroom. I 
think that will be nice so I can type when others are sleeping. 

Saturday must be cleaning day for the native women too. So 
many people seem to come for water on Saturday. We have cer- 
tain hours for them to come, so that helps us out. 

Our electricity here is powered by water, but it seems when it 
goes off the most is when we get a lot of rain. We had the genera- 
tor run this evening for light and baths, and so the guys could use 
the computer. 

August 4, Sunday 

Jeremiah had a surprise when he tried to study (on the com- 
puter) this morning. It just would not work. He and Ray both 



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worked at it, but nothing improved. Ray received an e-mail last 
night and everything seemed normal. So it does not seem as if 
we should have a virus! Noeckers went to Kaptilamwa with Hosea 
and we stayed here. Jeremiah preached both morning and after- 
noon. He really enjoyed the Sunday School, talking about the 
Holy Kiss. 1 made Pork Chops and Potato casserole for dinner. 
We had the good frozen peas, too. Cheryl made lemon meringue 
pies that we had with popcorn this evening. It was a good day, 
but Ray checked and the computer has more than a twenty-four 
hour sickness! Tonight we found out that our phone that rings has 
a problem. We are cut off from the world! 

August 5, Monday 

Jeremiah started on the electrical but only was able to put in 
two boxes all morning. He was kept busy with church and medi- 
cal work. This afternoon was a little less busy, 

I made tapioca (new to me!) and Peppersteak for supper. 
Jeremiah loved it, but some of the children were not so impressed. 
The guys had the Makutano leadership meeting tonight. Florence 
came down for a while. The guys came home at 9:45, just after 
the children were sent to bed. 

August 6, Tuesday 

James, the computer man from Eldoret, came this afternoon. 
We were so glad to see him. He was tired when he got here — he 
had walked from Makutano. Imagine a man with his education 
and job — walking! He found an internal problem with the com- 
puter, and fixed it. We were glad nothing was lost or changed. 
Jeremiah went to see if Andrew Street (another missionary) was 
still around. He found out that he had gone back to Great Britain 
about a year ago. 

At 7:30 Jeremiah went with some of the church leaders to 
visit a member. It was 1 0:45 or so when he got home. 

August 7, Wednesday 

The guys left right after breakfast to take care of church work. 
It turned into an all day affair. Helen came for work, so Cheryl 
gave her pants, and I got slippers and shoes for her to scrub. She 
is a single mother of two and she likes to work for us so she can 



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provide for herself. She can really clean up muddy shoes. They 
look like new! I packed to go to Meru tomorrow. 

August 8, Thursday 

I got up early to get around. Jeremiah left before 9 and stopped 
all over town to pick up people. He was frustrated they were not 
ready, but then he decided, "This is Kenya, enjoy it!" We had to 
stop in Soy, then Matunda, and Eldoret. Then, with James' broth- 
ers, parents, cousin, and Gilbert, we were on our way! We have 
all our family but Hosanna. She seemed excited about staying. 

The trip went fine. He dropped the children and me at the 
Guesthouse around 4:30 P.M. It was so good to get out and stretch. 
He took the rest to their hotels and was back around 6. We had a 
nice evening. The children enjoyed baths in a real (extra big) 
bathtub! 

August 9, Friday 

We got up at 5:15 and left here at 6. We had to totally pack 
and move out of our room, to a much smaller room. The 
Guesthouse will be really full tonight. We had everyone picked up 
and were on the way to Meru by 6:45. The drive went well but 
took much longer than what James had thought. The graduation 
was at 10:30 and we did not get there until 10:45. We thought, 
"Surely a graduation will start on time." HA! We got there and 
several hundred graduates still stood around the gate — I sup- 
pose waiting for their families to arrive. Out of the crowd flew 
James! He was so excited he was hopping up and down. He 
first jumped on the back of the cruiser, then he flew around to the 
front, to direct us through the masses of people. The singing fi- 
nally started around noon! Everyone was lined up on chairs all 
around the student body at first, but as soon as things really started, 
that all changed. Some wanted to see better so they walked up to 
behind where the students were seated. That blocked others' 
view, so soon twenty-five percent of the people stood in a huge 
circle around the student body, totally blocking the view of the 
rest. It was unreal! Some of the rest actually stood on the benches 
and chairs where everyone was supposed to be seated, just so 
they could see. Everyone acted as if this was to be expected! 
So we mostly just listened to the poor speaker's system. James 



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had brought me a high stool, and every now and then I stood on 
top of it (!) so I could see what was going on. There were different 
performances by the students. James wrote and read a poem in 
Swahili. Let me tell you; he is a character — a gifted one! When 
it came time for the awards, he had five or six of them. There 
really were not many awards either. With over five hundred fifty 
students graduating, he was the top in everything and got the 
best-all-around-student award. It really surprised us, I guess. His 
tailor family was really proud of him. The graduation was over by 
2. We left Meru at 4:30. We stopped at 6:30 in Embu for supper. 
Everyone sang for the last two hours of the trip back to Nairobi in 
the dark. Jeremiah was really thankful for that! 

August 10, Saturday 

In the morning after breakfast we packed and left. We picked 
everyone up and were on our way shortly after 9. We got to Soy 
and our meal was ready! It was a full Kenyan meal of chicken, 
broth, rice, ugali, chapati, and cooked cabbage. It was good! If 
rained and was so mucky it was gross. That mud just caked on 
your shoes. I really worked to get them decent to even climb into 
the cruiser. We got home at 7:30 or 8:00 P.M. It is good to be 
home. 

August 11, Sunday 

Hosea had a really good sermon. He preached from notes! 
Noeckers went to Chesebet for services and to hand out maize. 
The computer was not working again this morning. We decided 
that Satan must attack it on Sunday mornings! Actually, Ray is 
wondering if we need a new hard drive. It will not do anything this 
time. We played a card game this evening called Boom O. Some- 
one sent it to Ray's over here, it was fun but after September 1 1 
last year, it was not so funny. Ray won the game. 
August 12, Monday 

I had a lot of laundry today and a lot of scrubbing. Jeremiah 
worked at electrical boxes in the new house. I went up for a little 
and watched the men plastering the walls. That sure is different 
from what we do in America. Noeckers went to Kitale to pay bills 
and get supplies, and got back just before supper. I made roasted 
chicken, mashed potatoes and carrots for supper. The guys had 



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their leaders meeting at 7:00 P.M. The children played well this 
evening and Cheryl and I visited as I folded clothes. We had 
brownies for dessert just before bed, and put the children to bed 
just as the men came home. After the children were settled we 
had a little meeting in the kitchen to catch up and be ready for the 
trip tomorrow. I packed this evening. 

August 13, Tuesday 

We had french toast for breakfast and hoped to leave around 
9. A girl from Chesebet was supposed to come, and go with us to 
her school near Nakuru. We packed and I did extra cleaning. At 
10:45 we left without her. We picked up Hosea and were on our 
way. Hosea is going to do work for Ray's work permit. 

It was a good trip; it seemed so roomy, and it was nice to have 
Hosanna with us. It was so funny to listen to Hosea tease Micaiah. 
He told him he would turn black soon because he was in Kenya. 
"You are just teasing," Micaiah said. Hosea pointed to Micaiah's 
knuckles and said, "See you are turning black already!" "That's 
just dirt!" Micaiah protested. "I'm going to always stay a mzumgu." 
It gave us a good laugh. We had really good spaghetti at the 
guesthouse this evening and a relaxing evening. 

August 14, Wednesday 

Jeremiah took the three older children to the airport to pick up 
Davidson, right after breakfast. I sat and caught up in my journal, 
and enjoyed the quiet. Before long they were back with Davidson. 
Jeremiah was feeling sorry for him, afraid he might be depressed 
after having fulfilled the Kenyan's lifetime dream. Davidson slept 
a lot of the day, and came late to meals. He seemed rather guiet, 
but we do not really know him very well. After naps we went to 
the Sarit Center to check it out and go to Uchumi. Wow! That 
place is huge, and has grown a lot in three years. I got all but the 
perishables on the list of what I could find. It's nice to get to know 
some of the missionaries here. Our children have two sets of 
grandparents here for a few days! 

August 15, Thursday 

Jeremiah ran errands this morning to take care of business. 
After naps we went to check out the Nakumatt and get the stuff 



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on the list for there. They had no white sugar. He told me to 
check at another Nakumatt downtown. White sugar is so cheap 
and available in America. We use raw sugar for everything, and 
some brown sugar. But raw sugar does not dissolve in cold wa- 
ter very well. 

We got back barely in time for supper. After supper we left for 
the airport to pick up Nancy. We watched and waited for her and 
she never did come! What a feeling! Jeremiah phoned Ray and 
asked for information and we walked to the Kenya Airways office. 
She is coming tomorrow evening! We decided she is probably 
ready to ieave for the airport in Michigan, and here we are waiting 
in Kenya, expecting her to get off the plane! I guess we never got 
her itinerary. 

Davidson is loosening up. He and Micaiah had a lot of fun 
tonight. He is calling Micaiah, "Captain Crunch." 

August 16. Friday 

Jeremiah went to talk to the people that run the guesthouse 
this morning to see if they can give us another night. They are full. 
So Jeremiah ran over to the Hampton House and made reserva- 
tions for tonight. After breakfast I started packing up and did an- 
other load of laundry. I wish we were just going home, but we 
have another day. We got to the Hampton House and the children 
enjoyed the new play area. They have a jungle gym outside, and 
a sandbox. We ate pizza at the Sarit Center and got the perish- 
ables at Uchumi. It's nice that we have a refrigerator here to put it 
in. After naps I bathed the children and we had sandwiches for 
supper. Then we went to the airport for Nancy. The children, 
especially Micaiah, were so excited to watch the airplanes come 
in. i almost did not expect her to come tonight either, since we 
had waited so long last night and she did not come. But she did 
come! It was good to see her walking through those doors. We 
had a nice time catching up on news from home this evening. 
August 17, Saturday 

We packed up and organized the cruiser. Boy are we ever 
full! We picked up Hosea, and we have James, too. We were on 
our way. The trip went well. We had several stops: for rhubarb, 
potatoes and oranges. One thing nice about the rack on top the 



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cruiser is that we can always add one more thing. The mountain 
on top was pretty big! We stopped for nyama choma (roasted 
meat) for lunch. We bought a goat leg off the grill and the guy cut 
it off the bone in front of us on the table. We all just picked off the 
pile until it was gone. It was delicious! Jeremiah raved about it for 
the rest of the day. The other guys love it too. I thought it tasted 
good but I was not real thrilled to have the glass room full of skinned 
goats in front of me as I ate. And Micaiah at my elbow, talking 
about the dead goats through the entire meal! We got home at 
6:30. It was so good to be home. Chery! made chapati and we 
had tacos for supper. That was really good! The evening was 
busy with unpacking, organizing, and catching up. We have a 
nice house here! 

August 18, Sunday 

Most of our computer is new now. But we have lost a lot of 
stuff. We do not even have our old address book because our 
hard drive crashed. I guess the phone line did not have a surge 
protector on it and it was struck by lightning. We were gone to 
Meru to James' graduation when that happened. Cheryl was 
standing in the front yard and felt electricity go all through her. 
Later they found out that the phone line was struck. 

Everyone stayed at Makutano this Sunday which was really 
different. With us getting home from Nairobi last evening, we were 
tired and not in the mood for a service away. Rays went away 
last Sunday. With the trips over we will get back into the schedule 
now. 

Church was packed this morning. There were a lot of visitors 
and all the regulars were here. Gilbert preached. This is the first 
I have heard him because he always has to interpret. Now that 
James is back he can do the interpreting, at least part of the time. 
Gilbert had a good sermon on the prodigal son. He preached in 
English, so we were able to get a lot more out of the sermon. We 
had put a roast in the oven with potatoes and carrots. Church 
lasted until 1:30 P.M. 

August 19, Monday 

The electricity came on around midnight fast night, and our 
bedroom was one of the lights that I had forgotten to turn off. Talk 



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about a rude awakening! We moved the washer from the laundry 
room to the garage, because Nancy now has the laundry room 
as her bedroom. Ray had run the water line, and Jeremiah ran 
the electricity this morning. It was almost 10 before he got that 
done, so I had a late start for laundry. It was a big washday, with 
getting home from Nairobi on Saturday. I really hoped for a day 
with no rain, but before 2:00 I had to take the first load off the line 
because it was raining. All the children helped do that and some 
of the girls hung them on the verandah lines while I put our chil- 
dren to bed. They did not dry very well at all because it was so 
damp for the rest of the day. Tonight Nancy helped me to sort out 
the ones that were drier and I put them on our bed to dry. There 
are still a lot of clothes out on the verandah. 

Esther came at 1 :00 P.M. for a call from Phanuel. They had 
arranged that ahead of time. He tried to call several times, and 
could not get through. Finally Nancy was able to talk to him, but 
by the time Esther got to the phone he was cut off. She waited 
until 3:20, then gave up and went home. I felt sorry for her! We 
are guessing that the rain is affecting the phone lines. 

James came today to find out his work load and catch up on 
the church business. I made goulash, salad and fruit pizza for 
supper. The fruit pizza had apples, pineapples, mango and ba- 
nana on it. It was good : and I really enjoyed having cream cheese 
again! That is so hard to get here and I brought it home from 
Nairobi. Still, it tastes a little funny, as if it has lemon juice in it! 
The guys had a leadership meeting tonight and got home at about 
10:00 P.M. 

August 20, Tuesday 

Cheryl got a really good start to laundry today because Tues- 
day seems to be a day when the electricity goes off a lot. I had 
quite a few clothes finished drying this morning. Cheryl did well 
with her laundry and they were dry before the rain came. The 
electricity went off this evening around suppertime, so we ate by 
candlelight. Ray started the generator, the electricity came back 
on, then it went off again. After a while of using the generator, it 
came on to stay. Cheryl made eggrolls, skins and all. We worked 
together putting them together. What a job! They did not look very 
nice but they tasted really good. We had Rhubarb Roll-ups for 



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dessert. That is a favorite around here. I cut my guys' hair. Micaiah 
did really well; he watched the computer Screensaver as I worked! 
Some of us played the game of Life after the children went to bed. 
That was fun. 

August 21, Wednesday 

This morning Ray said he was going to Nairobi to get his work 
permit worked on. Hosea has been doing the work, but now they 
need Ray's fingerprint done. Since Noeckers have reapplied for 
work permits they need new ID pictures for that. All the Noeckers 
went to Kitale. got pictures, then Nancy came back home by 
matatu. The rest went on to Nakuru for the night. Ray will goon to 
Nairobi tomorrow, do the paperwork, then come back for his fam- 
ily the same day. That is what he hopes anyway but hapa Kenya 
you never know. We will see. We just got a form in the mail from 
the immigration department saying that our permit has been ac- 
cepted and they are ready for the next step. We have to see 
when we can get an appointment for fingerprinting Jeremiah. That 
was pretty exciting! 

Today was a beautiful laundry day. It did not rain unfit 5 this 
evening. Phanuel called for Esther, and they were able to talk. I 
was glad for her, and she seemed happy. Jeremiah worked on 
the fence around the compound. Philip from Chepcornishwa came 
for medical fees for the church there. Shadrach, who was a mem- 
ber when we were here and took the reading class we gave, came 
today. He brought a wedding invitation for our family. He is living 
in Lodwar now, and that is where the wedding will be on Sept. 7. It 
was nice to see him again. He speaks English now! Francis 
brought a love offering — two bunches of scuma. I thanked him 
kindly, and wondered what to do with it. We already have spinach 
in the refrigerator and we do not really use scuma (greens) here. 
I was wishing one of our poorer members would come so we 
could bless them. Sure enough, GoGo came for water. She was 
thrilled with the bunch of scuma we gave her. Now, hopefully, 
another poor member will come tomorrow. It really is fun to give 
when someone does not ask! 

August 22, Thursday 

Greetings! Today was different with Noeckers gone. Nancy 



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started sewing a dress and I did house work this morning. At 
8:30 some of the guys from church came to take down the church 
tent. They were done within an hour and Nancy had chai ready 
for them. Then Jeremiah discussed church financial records with 
James, who is the newly appointed secretary. I walked up to the 
new house while Nancy warmed up left-overs for dinner. I was 
really impressed! There are three rooms with the finish piaster, 
and they are so nice and smooth — almost like drywall! They 
were rough plastering the hall area on the small end of the house. 
There is a lot of tin on the second side of the house. The retaining 
wall is nearly finished and it looks nice. Things are coming along! 

At 3 this afternoon the ladies came for their meeting. Instead 
of having a meeting, we worked! We scrubbed the tent. Boy, that 
was a job! We had to scrub both sides of all the pieces. There 
was the big, striped, main tent (1 8x24 ft. I think), and three exten- 
sion pieces. We had three hand brushes and one broom brush. I 
had the broom brush to start with, and that lasted about one minute. 
I gave it to someone with a sore back and never got it back. I did 
use the mop for a while but mostly l used hand brushes. My arms 
just ached and I was worn out when we were done, but was fun to 
work with the women. Some of the women left before we were 
done, but guite a few stayed until the last bit was done. I had to 
send liniment home with a couple of women, and everyone was 
gone around 5:30. The tent looks almost new! 

Ray called from Nakuru this evening. He had good success 
in Nairobi today — he was fingerprinted and applied for the de- 
pendent passes for his family. He got the security bond for 
Jeremiah's work permit also. He did have a worthwhile trip, and 
we are thankful! 
August 23 : Friday 

Jeremiah took the three older children to the new house with 
him, this morning. It was a quiet morning. Gilbert came saying he 
had to have a tooth pulled. He was going to go to the clinic so he 
did not have to waste the whole day at the hospital. He said he 
could make up for the extra cost by the work he could get done 
through the rest of the day. He went on his way. An hour or so 
later he came. I did not see him walk in the gate; I just saw him lay 



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under the tree in the backyard. Jeremiah went to talk to him. He 
was so miserable he knew he could not work. He did get Novocain, 
thankfully. We felt so sorry for him and Jeremiah drove him home. 
He did not work the rest of the day. He might as well have spent 
his day at the hospital, we said. But really, the way they are treated 
at the hospital, he was probably better off anyway! 

August 24, Saturday 

At 8:30 the leaders from church were here to put the tent up 
again. They put it up near to where the new church is to be built. 
It took them until dinner to finish. Jeremiah had to visit with a 
church member this morning. Gilbert is feeling better and was 
here. He was in the meeting too. Jeremiah had a visit with an- 
other church member this afternoon, too. They are trying to get 
some things worked out, and counseling. James, the computer 
man was here to bring a disc drive for the computer. The guys 
are really anxious for it. They need it to study and to keep finan- 
cial records. Jeremiah dreads trying to catch up! 

I made Hamburger Cheese Bake with some of our precious 
milk products from Nairobi. It tasted really good. I made an apple 
dessert too. I am trying to use our few apples carefully because 
we cannot get them around here. 

August 25, Sunday 

I got up early, made egg casserole, then took a shower. We 
left for Ortum with Patrick, Elizabet, three of their children, and 
Samuel (all Pokot) at 9:15. It was a beautiful drive down (but 
north!) to Ortum. Elizabet got sick and I had to give her our bag 
from the ashtray. I felt sorry for her. 

To get to the Ortum church is quite a venture, once you are off 
the main road. We drove through the town of Ortum until the road 
was really rough (deep washouts). We kept driving down a side 
street until Jeremiah turned off the road into what looked like 
someone's yard. We hopped over the low curb and went between 
a couple of houses. It almost looked like a dirt road for a little bit, 
then we came up to some more houses (we were behind them 
now). We needed to pass between these two trees, and between 
the trees was someone's clothesline! At Jeremiah's instruction, 
Patrick and Samuel each got on one side of the cruiser and lifted 



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the line (clothes and ail!) over the cruiser as we went slowly un- 
der it. It seemed so barbaric! We went a little further, across 
some deep washouts, over a flat smooth stretch of country, and 
we came up to the church gate. Once we got to church we sat 
there for a half hour before Moses came. We sang for another 
half hour before Moses got up to do Sunday School, because we 
were waiting for the rest of the church. The building itself is com- 
fortable for a church in Ortum. It is a mud-stick church with only 
the poles and the roof. It was cool, yet shaded. Elizabet sat 
wrapped in her wrap around. The building they used to rent there 
was always so hot, and it was finished! You have beautiful scen- 
ery to inspire you as you sit in church (that you would not be able 
to see if the walls were finished!} There are high mountains all the 
way around. You can hear the river on the other side of the maize 
fields surrounding the church. It is a gorgeous country! 

We left there and went to Chepcornishwa to pick up James 
and Joseph, who have been doing evangelism there. James was 
just finishing his sermon. He was really hoarse! Later we found 
out why. Not only did they preach every night, they went around 
to homes and preached all day long! It sounded as if they had 
quite a few converts — Praise God! After going through the Pokot 
greetings after church we were invited back to Francis' house. 
They had a meal that they served us. It was maize and beans, 
and it was good. They were not dry but still made you thirsty. The 
children begged for water, and I had only Jerusha's sipper cupful 
that was gone before we left Ortum. They brought water for us to 
drink in glasses. We would not let the children have any because 
it looked just like lemonade! They could not understand but were 
cooperative. After our food was nearly gone they brought tea, 
and we all drank that, knowing it was boiled. Soon we headed 
home. Poor Elizabet got sick on the way home again. I was glad 
I had another bag to pass back! We got home at 4:00 P.M. At 
6:15 we took our men and Hosea to the stage to catch a bus for 
Nairobi. They need to visit with Joseph Ogutu, and they hope to 
do their travel at night so that they will be gone the shortest amount 
of time possible. So Cheryl and I will be "widows" for two nights, 
hopefully no more! 



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August 26, Monday 

Today went pretty well. Joseph Ocamel (the leader from 
Chesebet) stayed at James' last night, then came this morning 
for his medicine. Cheryl had gone to the chemist but the guy 
could not read the doctor's writing, so James and Joseph went to 
explain the situation, and got the medicine. Men from the eiectric 
company came to trim the trees for the electric lines. They made 
our already bad-looking edge look even worse, Cheryl told them 
that it was ugly. She tried to explain to them how to make it look 
nice, but I do not think they got it. They had only a penga or two, 
and there were five or six guys in the crew. Most of the time three 
guys sat around the bottom of the ladder, doing nothing. I think 
they were really amused at Cheryl. They certainly did not follow 
her suggestions. Finally one told her that they were told to cut 
everything ten meters from the line{!!!) The children were thrilled 
when one big pine-like branch fell over their playhouse (which 
has the frame but no roof). They drug leaves inside and rear- 
ranged the roof until they had a nice little house. It smelled good 
too! We were not so impressed with the mess the men left be- 
hind: branches partly hacked off, a mess all down the edge, and 
several bushes of flowers in the beds destroyed. But we have 
electricity, and we are thankful for that! 

This evening before supper, Gilbert came, very excited. "I 
have found my jams!" he said. He was in town after lunch and 
saw the door jams he had made, in someone's shop. He talked to 
the guy who seemed very innocent. He went to the police and 
they talked to the man who said he bought them from another 
person. That person had bought them from another person! So 
Gilbert and the police went to that man's home, and Gilbert saw 
all his missing door jams! The man declared he was innocent but 
acted very guilty, Gilbert said. From what I understand, the police 
took all three men in custody. They will have questioning tomor- 
row. Gilbert was pretty happy about having started investigation, 
but he felt bad too. He said the last man's wife was crying as they 
were taking her husband. "I am very sorry" he told her. These 
people are not anyone we know — so far anyway. We are pretty 
sure there is more than one involved though. I guess we will find 
out more later. The guys are not here to hear the happenings! It 



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was a quiet evening (as quiet as it can be in a house with nine 
children!). 

August 27, Tuesday 

I got up this morning hoping that the guys would soon come, 
but then I was surprised when they arrived at the gate! In Kenya 
I am used to everything taking longer than you plan. They were 
here at 7:30 or so this morning. This trip went well and they vis- 
ited with Joseph Ogutu. Jeremiah got his work permit! We were 
really happy about that. It was also a good time for the guys to 
fellowship. 

The men were tired from the bumpy ride in the bus, but they 
went to work this morning at the new house. Jeremiah did some 
wiring and he was overseeing the digging of a ditch to run water 
to the new house. It was run as far as the front yard, and they 
have been using a hose from the hydrant. He tried to stress the 
importance of being careful of the underground line, but still they 
put a hole in it. 

We washed floors and Cheryl did laundry. The children played 
in their playhouse. Gilbert came and said that investigations were 
going on over our stolen things. I guess the door jams were actu- 
ally found in the house of the first man that Gilbert saw. But still, 
he seems innocent. They released the first two men and are ques- 
tioning the third man. He still will not talk. Gilbert is a real softy. 
He just wants them to get his tools back, then let the man go. I do 
appreciate his Christ-like spirit about it all. But we are thinking 
that there are more people involved. We are praying about the 
situation. There are a lot of mixed feelings. We had a unit meeting 
this afternoon while the children napped. We set up new sched- 
ules and arranged responsibilities for Nancy being here now. All 
through our meeting the phone rang continually. Cheryl was able 
to talk to a boy one time, other than that the phone just cut out. 
Someone surely was persistent! We wondered if it was all the 
same person! We wondered sometimes if someone was trying to 
call from America! Finally they quit trying. We had a good evening. 

August 28, Wednesday 

At 8:00 A.M. prompt, James was here to teach his Swahili 
class. Nancy and Jeremiah are the pupils, but I sat in the class 



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and tried to catch all I could. I do not want to be totally tied down 
because the children still need attention. It all made so much 
more sense than it did the first time we were here and we had 
classes. We are so much more familiar with the language now! I 
enjoyed it. 

The electricity was off for only a short time this morning. I 
was glad because we did not have to start the generator for my 
laundry. Gilbert came and had more news about the thief case. 
He said the man does have helpers who are hiding the loot. The 
police are working and the man's neighbors are reporting on him 
also. 

Today was a lovely warm day. It clouded up in the afternoon 
but only rained a few drops, then after a while the sun came out 
warm again. I studied for Women's Bible Study tomorrow. It is my 
turn to lead the study. Cheryl was feeling even better today. The 
church members are quite relieved. I guess the ministers came 
in to pray for her on Sunday after church. They are quicker to 
petition God than we seem to be most of the time. I appreciate 
that in them. It was a good day in Kenya! 

August 29, Thursday 

Today was a beautiful sunny day, all day long. The electricity 
was on all day too! James taught his Swahili class this morning 
again. It went well and I am glad there was not a lot of tough 
material. I still need to study some of the words from yesterday. 
Today he covered first, second, and third person pronouns. We 
are pretty familiar with that already. After dinner I finished study- 
ing for Women's Bible Study. I had all our children asleep when I 
went out to the meeting at 3:30. There were about a dozen women 
at the meeting today. It went well. Before the meeting someone 
called asking for Deacon Peter. He did not know English very 
well at all. I asked if I could take a message. He told me, "The 
brothers wife's daughter died." I asked questions and got out of 
him that the death was sudden and the daughter was two. I asked 
names and what he tofd me I could hardly pronounce, let alone 
remember. He sounded really strained and I felt bad to push him 
anymore, but I felt so lost. We said "Good-bye" and I wondered 
what to tell Peter. I gave Rebecca the message when she came 






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for the meeting and the ladies puzzled over it. I hope they can 
figure out who it was. We are wondering if it might be Rebecca's 
family. I feel bad about the whole fhing. 

The guys did not get in for supper until 7. We were very weary 
of the hungry children by the time we sat down to the table. Cheryl 
made meatballs and potatoes and peas for supper. It was a good 
evening. 

August 3(1 Friday 

Today was interesting. I was glad when the call for Peter came 
again while James was here for the Swahili class. He talked to 
them and got the message clearly. It was Rebecca's brother's 
son that died, and he was two years old. The funeral was today at 
1:00 P.M. I was so glad they called back and the message was 
given to Peter and Rebecca. I guess I really need to learn Swahili! 

We heard that there were triplets born at the Kapenguria hos- 
pital! They were born to Agnes' sister. Agnes is Abram's wife that 
gave birth to twin girls that died a few months ago. Emelda wanted 
to go visit and we did too, so we went this afternoon around 4:30. 
Cheryl had to stay home to make supper. Jeremiah was studying 
for his sermon at the Unity Meeting. We walked down to the ma- 
ternity ward and met Edwin's wife, Jane, outside the maternity 
ward door. She is due with her forth child, and hopes for it to 
come tonight! We waited for a nurse to admit us to the Special 
Care Unit. We took off our shoes by the door — no scrubbing or 
gowns — and walked into the preemies' room. Agnes' sister sat 
on a chair holding a tiny little baby. He was crying and she was 
trying to comfort him. Soon she took down a sipper cup and with 
a spoon began to feed the baby. There were NO BOTTLES! In 
the 45 minutes we were there she fed all three like that. Agnes 
said that her sister gets no sleep, she has no choice but to care 
for the babies all the time. There are not any nurses to care for 
the babies in there! I felt for that poor tired mother. Agnes spends 
her days and evenings at the hospital helping her sister. The ba- 
bies are four days old now. Agnes said that sometimes when she 
comes, all the babies are crying and her sister is crying too. She 
does nurse them, too. One of the babies refuses the spoon. Those 
babies are just adorable: I wanted to bring one home with me. 



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There are two boys and a girl: Gloria, Gabriel and Gideon. They 
look very healthy, and drink well, but it would really help the mom 
if she would use a little scheduling! They do not do that here at all. 
They each weigh 3 1/5 to 4 pounds. I have never seen triplets, 
and thought it was really neat. 

It was a cool evening and Jeremiah played games with the 
children outside. Florence came to talk about food for dinner to- 
morrow. She is sick with malaria, and her blood pressure is up. 
So many are sick with malaria right now. 

PRAYER REQUEST 

Please pray for Florence. I am really concerned about her. 
Her blood pressure is so high, and she was admitted to the hos- 
pital this evening. The lower number was 120 and I know that is 
dangerous. She said after church this morning that her right side 
feels funny — numb or something and her hand is not working 
properly. Ray, Cheryl, Jeremiah and I all went to the hospital to 
see her this evening. She said she is having a lot of pain in her 
chest and her head hurts real bad, other than that she is fine. 
They are starting her on blood pressure medication, but are try- 
ing to figure out if there might be a cause for the blood pressure 
going up. She had malaria last week and was on medication for 
that. 

August 31, Saturday 

Our sixth Wedding Anniversary — my, time does fiy! I was 
not so thrilled when James showed up for Swahili class this morn- 
ing. I was hoping Saturday was a day off. I had laundry to do 
before the Unity Meeting at 1 0:00 A.M. It turned out fine anyway. 
We enjoyed the class, though it went for an hour and twenty min- 
utes today. I got our clothes done and went to Hosea's for the 
meeting. It was for ministers, deacons, missionaries and their 
wives. It is a time of sharing for everyone. It started late, and 
seemed rather dead. Peter and Rebecca were not back from the 
funeral in her family, and Alfred wasn't there at all. Edwin came, 
but not Jane ; because she is in the hospital and has not delivered 
their baby yet. Edwin and Florence were both sick and looked as 
if they were sleeping most of the time. Cheryl was not feeling well 
and was there only part of the time. We had a good meeting, and 



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I enjoyed the fellowship. A couple of ladies from church made a 
meal for us. Cherilyn helped make the meal, and deliver it. She 
loves that, I guess! After dinner, Jeremiah preached (from his 
seat) a sermon of instruction to the leadership from Timothy. It 
was a good time of encouragement. We dismissed at 3:30 P.M. 
We went home, caught up on a few things, grabbed the shopping 
list, then we headed out with Matthias for an evening away. We 
got a rather late start, and had quite a few stops, but we had a fun 
evening. We ate at the Kitale Club as a guest of the owner of the 
Soy Market. He found out it was our anniversary and wrote a 
referral for us! We got home at 8:45, only to find out that there 
was a plug in the drainline from the shower. Ray was digging 
holes all around the front of the house to figure out the problem. 
Thankfully, we were able to take showers tonight! 

OBITUARY 

MARGUERITE FLORY 

Sister Marguerite D. Flory, 77, of Hart, Michigan passed away 
Friday, August 9, 2002, at Lakeshore Community Hospital. 

She was born December 10,1 924, in Hastings, Michigan, the 
daughter of Arthur and Mina (DeBar) Kidder. She married 
Lawrence V. Flory, July 20, 1945, in Hastings. She lived in this 
area over fifty years. She was a homemaker. She was active in 
music at the Hart Wesleyan Church where she was choir direc- 
tor and piayed the piano, before becoming a charter member of 
the Hart Dunkard Brethren Church. She dearly loved her grand- 
children and great grandchildren. 

Survived by her husband Lawrence V. Flory; daughter Sharon 
(husband Jay McGhan) of Hart, Michigan; son Dr. Roland Flory 
of Atlantic, Iowa; six grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren; 
sister Marie Chamberlin of Hastings, Michigan; brothers Robert 
Kidder of Denver, Colorado and Thomas Kidder of Hastings, Michi- 
gan. She was preceded in death by her parents: brothers, Albert 
and Ray Kidder and sister Alice Tebo. 

Funeral Services were held August 12, 2002, at the Hart 
Dunkard Brethren Church. Officiating ministers were Elder Ronald 



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Marks and Pastor Tom Schmidt. She was laid to rest in the city of 
Hart Cemetery. 

She will be greatly missed by family, friends and church mem- 
bers. 

The family of Sister Marguerite Flory would like to thank all 
who sent cards, flowers and offered up prayers during her illness 
and after her passing. 



NEWS ITEMS 

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 

This year's Leadership Conference will be held at Quinter, Kan- 
sas, November 8-9, 2002, the Lord willing. Besides the sessions 
designed for Dunkard Brethren officials, there will be preaching 
services, each evening as well as on Sunday. Further informa- 
tion will be sent to each official. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Lord willing, the Plevna Congregation plans to have their 
Harvest Meeting on Sunday November 10, with Brother David 
Rice as speaker. Everyone is welcome. 

Sister Margaret Birt, Cor. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Swallow Falls Congregation invites you to join us for our 
fall Revival Meeting, Lord Willing, November 10 through Novem- 
ber 17. Lovefeast services are planned for November 16. Bro. 
Dave Snyder from Colorado will be our evangelist. We heartily 
welcome everyone and ask that you pray for these meetings. 

Sister Edith Yoder, Cor. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
NOVEMBER 2002 

Nov. 3 - Giving for God Results in Thanksgiving to God - II Cor. 
9:1-15 

1. Can giving "grudgingly" or of necessity still result in a 
blessing and in thanksgiving to God? 

2. What is necessary for a "grudging giver" to become a 
"cheerful giver"? 

Nov. 10 - Dispute Over Paul's Authority - II Cor. 10:1-18 

1 . For what purpose did the Lord give authority to Paul? 

2. Is it safe to say that those who struggle with the con- 
cept of authority today most likely would have struggled 
with Paul's authority had they lived in his day? 

Nov. 17 - A Burden to No One - II Cor. 11:1-15 

1. When Paul preached the gospel "freely" did some of 
Corinth misunderstand his reasons and purpose? 

2. What might be some "positives" or "negatives" of the 
free ministry? 

Nov. 24 - Thanksgiving - I Chron. 1 6:7-36 

1 . What was the special occasion on that day that prompted 
David to deliver this psalm of praise and thanksgiving 
and why was it so important to them? 

2. What does the expression mean to you? "Worship the 
Lord in the beauty of holiness." 



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YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
NOVEMBER 2002 

Nov. 3 - A Great Deceiver - Gen. 3:1-24, Matt. 4:1-11, II Cor. 2:10- 
17, II Cor. 11:13-15 

1 . What did the serpent attempt to plant in Eve's mind about 
God's instruction? 

2. Do you think the devil would quote the Holy Scriptures 
in an effort to deceive you? 

Nov. 1 - Our Protection - II Chron. 1 6:7-9, Dan. 3:1 5-25, 6:1 1 -23, 
Luke 21:18-19 

1 . If a Christian loses his life for his faith, at the hands of 
evil men, does that mean God's power for protection is 
limited? 

2. Consider the relationship between patience, faith and 
God's protection of believers. 

Nov. 17 - Nonresistance - Isa. 9:6-7, John 18:36-40, II Cor. 10:3- 
6, Rom. 12:14-21, Gal. 5:19-26 

1. Is nonresistance a teaching for the believer or unbe- 
liever? 

2. Who is our greatest example of a life of nonresistance? 

Nov. 24 -Thanksgiving- Ps. 105:1-5, 106:1-5, 107:21-22, 111:1- 
10 

1 . Can you express thanks in the midst of difficulty or trial? 

2. What happens to us when we lose the attitude of thanks- 
giving? 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD COTRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz. Chairman 

3949S100E 

Peru. IN 36970 

Dennis St John, Secretary 
21397-CountyRoadB50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave,CO81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O, Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel. IA 50003 

Robert Carpenter. Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Gordon Jamison, Treasurer 
2270 Co.Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Watertord,CA95386 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Green castle, PA 17225 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Marl in Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Milton Cook 

1 1 38 E. 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump. Chairman 

1 0340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood. OH 45322 

Ronald Marks, Secretary 
1813 N. 136th Avenue 
Hart, Ml 49420 



Fred O. Filer, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Merle Sweilzer 
1 3227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
203B0 County Road R 
Alvordton.OH 43501 

Rick St. John 

2578 County Road 20-2 

Archbold. OH 43502 

Marl in Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion. PA 1 7356 

Phil Franklin 

1520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95350 

Russell Kasza 
21968MeinershaganRd. 
Higgensvilie MO 64037 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
1 2409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-3028 

Lloyd Lorenz. Treasurer 
3949 S 1 00 E 
Peru, IN 44970 
(576)473-5045 

Gordon Jamison 
R 1 Box 1 36 
Quinter, KS 67752 
(785) 754-3639 

David Aungsi 
334 Birds Hill Rd. 
Pine Grove, PA 1 7963 



TORREQrJ NAVAJO PASSION 

David Skiles. Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 8701 3 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, C A 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center. IA 50063 

Marian Jamison. Treasurer 
Box 1 00 
Quinter. KS 67752 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

Justin Beck 
480Shubei1Rd. 
Belhel, PA 19507 

Dale Meyers 
2369 F Ave. 
Red field, I A 50063 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Paul Stump. Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Phil Franklin. Secretary 
1520 Brannon Ave. 
Modesto, CA 95350 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overtelf. Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Merle Sweitzer 
1 3227 Fishei Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Verling Wolfe 
115ClubRd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

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VOL. LXXX 



NOVEMBER, 2002 



NO. 11 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel . 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



YETTHERE IS ROOM! 

Yet there is room! The feast is spread 
For every hungry, thirsting soul, 
And living streams, and living bread 
Are ours when once we reach our goal. 

Yet there is room! The home of peace 
Throws open wide each crystal door, 
And voices full of love and bliss 
Bid us come in and rove no more. 

Yet there is room! The eternal song 
Waits 'till our voices join the strain. 
Room — room amid the choral throng 
Who praise the Lamb for sinners slain. 

Yet there is room! The arms of love 
Stretch wide to welcome sinners home. 
O haste, no more in sorrow rove, 
"The Spirit and the Bride say, come." 

Selected by Brother Lynn H. Miller 
from Old German Baptist Hymn Book 






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THREE MEALTIME MESSAGES 

One of the things we associate with Thanksgiving is a large 
meal. It reminds us of the bountifulness of God's material provi- 
sion. As we partake of our ample Thanksgiving meals, we might 
consider the words of Jesus as He ate with the Pharisees. Dur- 
ing that meal, He gave three mealtime messages as recorded in 
Luke 14:7-24. 

He first spoke of a banquet where some would be honored 
with a seat at the head table. He taught that a person should be 
concerned lest he would assume too much about his own worthi- 
ness. His parable pictured the difference between two men. One 
man came into the banquet hall and sought out a seat at the head 
table. He assumed that he should have a seat among the hon- 
ored guests. At a wedding feast, usually there is a table reserved 
for the Bride and Groom and the closet members of the wedding 
party and their families. When the honored guests began to ar- 
rive, the governor of that feast must inform this man that he could 
not have such a prominent seat. The second man entered the 
banquet hall and sought out a seat near the back of the room, 
about as far from the head table as possible. The governor came 
to him and asked him to take a seat with the honored guests. 
Jesus asked the question about which would be the more highly 
honored by their fellows, the one who had assumed his right to be 
at the head table, then being asked to take a lower seat, or the 
one who had humbled himself enough to take a lower seat origi- 



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nally, but then was called to come to a higher seat. People appre- 
ciate those who humble themselves. Jesus contended with the 
Pharisees and their self-serving tactics. 

He spoke next of the meal that would be shared with those 
who are needy. It is often the custom to invite others who will in 
turn invite us to eat with them. This exchange of meals becomes 
a part of our social life. Jesus is concerned that we not forget 
others who are too poor to repay our hospitality, but who should 
be invited to eat with us. Church troubles often can be traced to 
discrimination practiced amongst the members. The sharing of 
our good things should not be a weapon in the development of 
schisms within the church. The world will ever be divided into 
classes and groups, but the church should be a haven where all 
can meet and socialize no matter their background or economic 
condition. If Jesus died for all, then all should be accepted as the 
children of God purchased by His saving blood. 

The third meal was one that was almost canceled. If the mas- 
ter had not been so determined to have the feast perhaps it would 
have been postponed. The invitations had been sent out earlier. 
The recipients had been notified of the day and hour of the meal. 
To remind them a servant was sent just before mealtime. When 
the servant came, they all began to make excuses why they could 
not attend the feast. Their excuses were flimsy, but for some 
reason they did not want to attend this feast. Perhaps they did not 
wish to associate with the master for he was a man with high 
Spiritual credentials. They may have been uneasy around him 
because their spiritual lives were lacking. 

Their excuses would not stand investigation. A man does not 
buy property without examining it. A man would not buy five yoke 
of oxen without trying them. That would be ten oxen, a major 
investment, for a farmer of that day. It would be the eguivalent of 
buying a tractor sight unseen. Certainly a man getting married 
would know the date of his wedding so he could decline an invita- 
tion when he first received it. Those making excuses would face 
the wrath of the disappointed master in the future. Now he would 
offer his feast to those from the highways, byways and hedges of 
the world. Many of a dying world have neglected God's offer with 
excuses just as flimsy as theirs. He made his offer to a broader 



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population than just the Jews who had made their excuses for not 

accepting Him when He came to them. 

As we gather for our Thanksgiving dinners, may we remem- 
ber the words of Jesus. He warned of self-seeking pride, of an 
interest in the welfare of those who can not provide for themselves 
and of the futility of excuses. He wants us to appreciate the good 
things that God has shared with us. He wants us to share those 
things with others. He wants us to share not only the material 
blessings that we have received but also the Spiritual blessings. 

We all want a place at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. We 
must conduct ourselves in this life as we would conduct ourselves 
when present at that meal. There will be no place there for pride, 
selfishness or excuses. 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. 

M.C.Cook 



"HATH GOD SAID" 

I can only but imagine what it was like to rise up early in the 
morning and gaze upon a beautiful sunrise as it cast a radiant 
glow over the garden of Eden. To smell the air in all its freshness, 
to behold the beautiful river that went out of Eden. I can only 
imagine what beautiful fruit must have hanged upon those trees, 
especially the tree found in the midst of the garden, the tree of life. 
Imagine to be partakers of it all and live in such harmony forever! 
What blessing God had bestowed upon man! 

But alas in the midst of this paradise came the serpent, imag- 
ine him if you will, sneaking, slithering, more subtle than any beast 
in the field. His sole purpose? To rob man of his place in paradise, 
and rob man is exactly what he did. Did he have to force man? 
Did he physically have to feed it to Eve? Did he barter or offer a 
trade? No, he used the tactic he is best at, deception. 

There are two ways Satan causes man to stumble. He used 
them both on Eve, the first thing he did was to doubt or raise a 
question about what God hath said. "Yea, hath God said, Ye shall 
not eat of every tree of the garden?" 



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Satan knew exactly what God had said, his question was in- 
tended rather to raise doubt in the mind of Eve that he might con- 
vince her of the lie. 

: 'Ye shall not surely die/' Satan still this day tries to fill man's 
heart and mind with doubt. Still he raises the question "Hath God 
said." 

"Hath God really said" what He said about being born again? 
"Hath God really said" what He said about water baptism? And, 
"Hath God really said" what He said about separation from the 
world? "Hath God really said" what He said about immodesty? 
And, "Hath God really said" what He said about adultery? "Hath 
God really said" what He said about submission and unity? And 
has Satan still to this day been saying "Ye shall not surely die." 

Brethren, God has said what He said and He means what He 
says. 

The second thing Satan does is make sin look attractive to 
man. "For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your 
eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good 
and evil." 

"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, 
and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to 
make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave 
also unto her husband with her and he did eat." Gen. 3:5-6 

The forbidden fruit of the world still is very much attractive to 
man. Fashion, entertainment, gambling and carousing, strong 
drink, tobacco, love of material things, evil sensual things, and 
desires of the flesh, love of power and prestige and on and on. 

But is it worth being separated from God? "And they heard 
the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the 
day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of 
the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden." Gen. 3:8. 

Never does Satan reveal the outcome of sin and disobedi- 
ence but rather wants us to believe, "Ye shall not surely die." 

1 can but imagine the regret Adam must have feit as he took 
one last look at the garden as he was being cast out. "So he 
drove out the man: and he placed at the east of the garden of 



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Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, 
to keep the way of the tree of life." Gen. 3:24 

I am sure that the rich man with uttermost regret looked upon 
Lazarus in Abraham's bosom when he realized what could have 
been, but alas is now too late, for the door of opportunity had 
been forever shut. 

Is sin and pleasure for a season worth eternity apart from 
God? Indeed it is not. 

But praise and honour and glory be to God who has made a 
way back to paradise for this man who is so easily deceived. 
'...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; 
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be 
willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:" Isaiah 
1:18-19 

When Adam went from Paradise 
In sorrow for his fate 
The Father set the sword of love 
Across the open gate 

He placed the sword in an angel's hand 

And bid him keep the guard, 

And the cherubs paused in their ceaseless chant 

To hear the Holy Word. 

"By love alone shall the gate be held, 
This is My perfect will 
When love brings Adam back again 
He shall find it open still." 

The Lamb slipped down from the heavenly throne 

In haste the way to find. 

He stayed not even to ask for leave 

For He knew the Father's mind 

Swiftly he sped, nor did he wait 

The flaming sword to dodge, 

He darted straight through the open gate 

And hid in Adam's lodge. 



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Long were the years of toil and pain, 
And fierce the fight with sin; 
But wherever Adam made his home 
The lamb was hid therein. 

When a star shone down from Paradise 

To mark the time and place 

The lamb came forth from Adam's lodge 

And man beheld his face. 

Year after year the angel stood 

Watching the earthward track, 

And ever he held the open gate 

Till he saw the Lamb come back. 

His feet were bleeding, his eyes were dim, 

His fleece was scarred and torn, 

A cross was branded upon his back 

And his head was crowned with thorn. 

The Angel dropped the Flaming sword 

And fell upon his knee. 

"Now welcome Lord to the gate/' he cried, 

Tis open still for Thee." 

The Lamb passed in to Paradise. 

Loud sang the cherubim! 

For he came not alone to His Father's throne, 

Adam returned with Him. 

What a wonderful God of Mercy who extends to man mercy if 
only man would believe and do "What God hath said." 

In His service, 

Brother Stephen G. Aldinger, Sr. 

FEASTING ON HEAVENLY MANNA 

"Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his sal- 
vation: Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and 
opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon 
them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did 



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eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full." Psalm 78:22-25 

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the 
churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden 
manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new 
name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it." 
Revelation 2:17 

' ; But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not 
of." John 4:32 

The earthly church, like the Israelites, have set their eyes on 
things of this world until they have come to the point where they 
believe not in the true God. Neither do they trust in His salvation. 
At this season of Thanksgiving we want to praise God and give 
Him the glory for all the blessings we enjoy It is right and good to 
thank Him for the necessities of life. But do we truiy appreciate 
the spiritual blessings of God? 

When God commanded the clouds from above, and opened 
the doors of heaven, and had rained down manna upon them to 
eat, this was a miracle. Church leaders who deny the miracles of 
the Bible have all sorts of explanations for these phenomena. But 
they cannot explain why the food from Heaven, which the Psalm- 
ist calls the corn of heaven, would only be eatable if used on the 
day it was given but yet lasted over the Sabbath Day. The Bible 
says that man did eat angels' food. Now, we do not know if an- 
gels eat on a regular basis or not. But we do know that on special 
occasions when visiting earth on a mission from God they did 
partake of nourishment. The point we wish to make is this was 
truly heavenly food. And the Bible says that God sent them meat 
to the full. The song writer says, (as close as we remember, we 
were not able to locate the song), 

"The windows of Heaven are open, 

The blessings of Heaven come down, 

There's joy, joy, joy in my soul 

Since Jesus made everything right. 

I gave him my old tattered garment, 

He gave me a robe of pure white, 

I'm feasting on Heavenly manna, 

And that's why I'm happy tonight." Hallelujah! 



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May we hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. The 
Bible says to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden 
manna. Popular Christianity tells you that there is no overcoming 
included in salvation. I John 5:3-4 instructs us, Tor this is the 
love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his command- 
ments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God 
overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the 
world, even our faith." We believe God rained down spiritual manna 
upon our Brethren forefathers and gave them the knowledge of 
Spirit and Truth. Do we give thanksgiving for this? The trend 
seems to be to separate Spirit from Truth with the emphasis being 
on Spirit. 

When our hearts are full of thanksgiving there will be emotion 
felt. We are not sure how emotional our Brethren forefathers were 
in their meetings but we have read that it was common practice to 
raise hands, literally, during times of prayer. We are aware that 
emotion can get out of hand, but it is our opinion that God is not 
displeased with a genuine "Praise the Lord", "Amen", or "Hallelu- 
jah". Some may wipe a tear of joy from their eyes. Others may 
merely sit quietly while feeling the glory of the Lord within their 
soul and body. 

We do not pretend to know the meaning of the white stone or 
even what all is involved in the new name that will be given. But 
when we read and hear of our future in Heaven it should make the 
most sober minded individual rejoice in spirit. 

The disciples were concerned about Jesus' lack of natural 
nourishment. His reply was that He had meat to eat that they 
knew not of. Jesus had just had an encounter with a Samaritan 
woman. He asked her for a drink of water. The Jews had no 
dealings with the Samaritans. Furthermore, Jewish men did not 
talk to women in public unless they were their wives or perhaps 
other relation. Even then women were considered to be unable to 
discuss things of importance. Jesus removed this wall of sepa- 
ration. While it is important that we not give an opening for ques- 
tioning our intentions, we dare not be swayed by opinions of men 
when led by the Holy Spirit. Let us thank God for this leading. 

The issue with the woman was water. She had her thoughts 



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on physical water while Christ told her of spiritual water. She then 
wanted to enter into a theological debate. Jesus merely led her 
into spiritual truth. While it is important to be clear in theological 
matters, we will miss out on God's heavenly manna if we allow 
debate to destroy our spiritual blessing. However, there is a dif- 
ference between theological debate and proclaiming Spiritual truth. 
Jesus plainly told the woman that she did not know what she 
believed. Do we know what we believe and why we believe it? 
He then told her that salvation is of the Jews. Is our salvation 
based on Scripture or on the opinions of men? 

Brothers and sisters are we desiring to feast on heavenly 
manna? Are our hearts filled with thanksgiving to the true God? 
Not only the month that this country calls for thanksgiving but all 
year through do our voices ring out in thanksgiving and praise in 
our song services. As we go about our daily tasks do we think on 
things of the Lord and give thanks? 

May the joy of the Lord be our strength. May the glory of the 
Lord fill our soul. May our body be quickened by the Holy Spirit. 
May we truly be thankful people as we worship God in Spirit and 
in Truth. Then the heavenly manna will fill completely. Amen! 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

PAUL MEETS TIMOTHY 

Acts 16:1-18 

As Paul and Silas began their "second missionary trip/' they 
retraced some of the route they had followed during their first mis- 
sionary journey Lystra was one such city where Paui and 
Barnabas had been before. In fact, Lystra was where a lame 
man was healed, and the people had nearly worshipped Paul and 
Barnabas as a god. But after some Jews came from Antioch and 
Iconium, the people stoned Paul, and left him for dead. This did 
not keep Paul from returning to Lystra! 

At Lystra, within the church, was a young man named 
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a Jew who believed, but his father was an unbelieving Gentile 
(Greek). Timothy was an unusual young man. He enjoyed a 
good report among the brethren of Lystra and Iconium. In fact, he 
showed so much potential that Paul decided to take Timothy along 
with him on his missionary journey 

Paul and Silas and company continued through the cities that 
they covered during the first missionary journey, teaching and 
preaching, and the churches were established deeper in the faith. 

Then something "strange" began happening. The Holy Spirit 
began to hold back. Verse 6 says they "were forbidden of the 
Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia." I wonder what that means? 
I wonder how the Holy Spirit forbade them? When Paul was stoned, 
there is no reference to the Holy Spirit forbidding them. But here, 
the Holy Spirit wanted them to move into other places. They were 
forbidden from preaching in Asia, Mysia, and Bithynia. This was 
Paul's home territory. I am sure he was wondering what was go- 
ing on. 

God had a work for Paul to do on the other side of the Aegean 
Sea. He had a vision about someone from Macedonia calling for 
help. There were no questions. Paul and company simply went in 
obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. 

Note carefully how the word "they" (verse 6) changes into 
"we" (verse 10). Somewhere in this paragraph, Luke joined them. 
You will see "we" all the rest of the way through the Book of Acts. 

Paul and group went to the region of Macedonia. They began 
ministering at Phiiippi (the capital). There was a good reception to 
the Word as it was preached. A very prominent business woman 
became a Christian and provided lodging and hospitality for the 
traveling ministry team. 

Summary Thought. ..How well "in tune" are you with the 
prompting of the Holy Spirit? Does God ever talk back to you in 
prayer and through reading His Word? 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Brother Robert S. Lehigh 



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A MAN IN THE GAP 

"And ! sought for a man among them, that should make up the 
hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should 
not destroy it: but I found none." Ezekiel 22:30. 

There are several examples of intercession found in the Bible. 
Several places speak of God looking for someone to "make up 
the hedge," or "stand in the gap." Often there was none. Moses 
interceded for his people. So did Abraham and Jeremiah and 
Isaiah. Psalm 106:23 speaks of Moses. "Therefore he said that 
he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before 
him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy 
them." Think of the power that Moses had with God! 

Yet there was one more who, as He hung on a cruei cross 
and as they divided His worldly property among them, said, "Fa- 
ther, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34) 
In John 17 He said, "I pray for them." He stood in the gap be- 
tween man and God. He was God, and He became a man that 
He could pay that ultimate sacrifice for the sins of mankind. He 
made it possible for me (and for you) to approach God and to 
have God indwell us and abide with us forever. He was Jesus 
Christ, and today He sits at the right hand of God interceding on 
behalf of God's people. 

Today we as Christians must intercede on behalf of others. 
James 5:16 states, "...and pray one for another, that ye may be 
healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth 
much." Has not this world forgotten God? Do we not have loved 
ones, even our own households that live in sin? When God threat- 
ened to destroy Sodom, did not Abraham ask him, "Wilt thou also 
destroy the righteous with the wicked?" (Gen. 18:23) He was 
interceding for his nephew, Lot. Lot had made an unwise choice. 
How often that is the case with us. After a while we are in too 
deep Christ rescued us from sin that by rights we should have 
been punished for, in everlasting fire. God is righteous and can- 
not even look upon sin. Christ is our righteousness because we 
are unable to attain it on our own. 

It is said that there was a hedge around God's people. Often 
this hedge, through sin, would be broken down. God needed some- 



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one to "stand in the gap" and "make up the hedge." Everyone who 
names the Name of Christ is responsible to others, that they may 
learn of the goodness of God. There are those of special offices, 
as in Galatians 3:5 : "he therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, 
and worketh miracles among you;" these are the ministry. They 
minister the Word and the Spirit. John 5:39 says, "Search the 
scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are 
they which testify of me ." Also, in John 15:26, "...even the Spirit of 
truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testif y of me ." 
Both the Word and the Spirit point others to Jesus. The work of 
the ministry is to stand in the gap: to point others to Jesus. Who 
will stand in the gap? 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Bam Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073-9162 

KENYA KNOTES 

September 1 , Sunday 

Rays went to Chepcornishwa, and we stayed here. James 
preached a good sermon this morning; it was nice to hear him 
again. The church was really full this morning, so that was nice. 
Jeremiah had the service at 4:00 P.M. Hosea and Florence missed 
church tonight. Florence has been sick and her blood pressure is 
very high. He took her to the clinic, and was sent to the hospital. 
Ray, Cheryl, Jeremiah and I went to visit her this evening. She 
doesn't look good, and really needs prayer. We visited a while 
with her and prayed for her. We stopped in to see the triplets and 
left bottles for them. They are looking fine, but so tiny! Florence 
says the mother is barely twenty years old, and she has a two 
year old also! She seems to be doing well. We had a nice evening. 

This is Jere. I want to thank you for your letters. I'm sorry I 
don't get many written. I'm very glad that Debra writes every day. 
I am done with the plumbing and most of the electrical. The roof is 
almost on the whole house. The last tiles (for the roof) will be 
coming on the 8th. The guys are smooth plastering the walls. 
They have two bedrooms, the one bathroom, and about half of 
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mean that the kitchen and dining are on one side of the main room 
and the living room is on the other), also they are starting on the 
back bedrooms now. I ran the supply line for water to the house 
but I have two leaks that I'll have to fix after I get the new fittings. 

However, I talked with Hosea today and he really feels like 
that I need to stop working on the house and start teaching in 
earnest around to the different churches. That is really my desire, 
but the mission board would like to see the house finished. I re- 
ally feel pulled, the church is really suffering in many places. They 
barely know what the Bible says let alone doctrines of the Scrip- 
ture. (Hosea really has a way of getting me going.) Please pray 
for the work here and that I could make the right decision. JJ 

September 2, Monday 

Swahili class was on numbers this morning. I had a hard time 
concentrating with everything going on. Swahili numbers are in- 
consistent, I think! 

With Florence's house lady gone, Freddie, the oldest boy at 
home who is twelve or thirteen, is cooking. The younger boys are 
complaining, "Mchele, mchele, mchele - that's all we eat when 
Freddie is cooking." I guess rice (Mchele) is easier to cook than 
other things. The house lady came back tonight, which was a 
relief to Hosea and Florence. 

September 3, Tuesday 

Swahili class went well today, but sometimes I think I need a 
baby-sitter. Nancy helped me make a picnic lunch and we left for 
Kitale around 1 0:30. I had a pretty good day getting what was on 
my list, but Jeremiah felt like it was all a waste on his side. He 
even had to wait in line at the bank for exactly an hour. He had 
Micaiah and Jerusha with him too! It was so hot and Jerusha 
kept wanting to pick up the cigarette butts on the concrete. 

I went down to see Florence who had been released from the 
hospital. She was so happy to be home! She talked and talked. 
She felt like God was working for her and seemed really cheer- 
ful!! She is grateful for all the prayers from America for her. Her 
boys seemed happy to have their mama home. They all sat around 
her in the yard as she rested. Her blood pressure is down, thank- 
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Today was Kimberly's 7th birthday, and we had a party for her 
tonight. It was a F uh evening! 

September 4, Wednesday 

We haven't had any rain recently and so we had a line of 
people for water today. Finally the pump shut off and Ray sent 
them home. Florence came down to have Cheryl take her blood 
pressure. The lower reading was around 80, so she's doing well 
with it. She isn't taking her medicine from the doctor; she is only 
taking what we gave her. She had complete confidence in that, I 
guess she should know! She seems rather weak yet, especially 
in her right hand. She told me yesterday that when she was four 
months pregnant with her youngest (Andrew) she had a stroke 
and could not talk for ten days. She was in bed for months then, 
and in the hospital a lot of that time, so she has been through a lot 
with her heart already. 

September 5, Thursday 

Florence's blood pressure was good again today, but her hand 
is still weak. She complained that she can't cut out dresses like 
this, and Hosea is falling apart without her in the shop! I think it 
might be partly good; at least she will rest longer this way! 

Emelda lead the women's meeting today. After the meeting 
Cheryl gave the women all the containers we wash and save. 
They were a happy crowd then! Most of us went down and vis- 
ited Florence after the meeting. We sang a song and prayed for 
her. Florence is definitely a little draggy, but pretty cheerful. 

September 6, Friday 

Today was the Kenya Mission Board meeting, so the guys 
were busy with that. They had the meeting at Hosea and 
Florence's house. Emelda came this afternoon and said she'd 
had a boy bring a message to her about Agnes Omondi. She was 
in the hospital in bad condition. So after a while Cheryl, Emelda, 
and I went to the hospital to visit Agnes. We found her in the 
women's ward , resting. I guess she's just been overdoing it help- 
ing her sister with the triplets. One doctor thought she'd need 
surgery, but another gave her medicine that is helping her a lot. 
We were glad to hear that she is doing better, we had a nice little 
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September 7, Saturday 

It was a busy day for me; laundry, housecleaning, and so forth. 
James was here most of the day doing secretarial work for the 
KMB. By the end of the day he looked strung out. He said his 
brain was so tired of English, he thought he could go crazy! I can 
believe it must be a job to do so much work in a language not your 
own. I am just starting to understand that! 

Jeremiah worked on the shower and sink drainline. It was 
plugged since last Saturday. Ray had dug three holes in the yard 
and hadn't found the plug. Jeremiah dug three additional holes 
back around the house, and finally found the plug. It looked as if 
a mole (or St. Bernard dog!) had been lose in the lawn. He fixed 
the line and Hosea Potea helped fill in the holes. It's nice to have 
that finished. 

September8, Sunday 

We went to Chesebet today, and Noeckers stayed here. 
James, Emelda, Cadelda (her niece that they've adopted), and 
Frank went with us. The ride up there wasn't too bad, besides 
being extremely bumpy. I had the younger two in car seats, so 
that helped. The people were ready to start church as we arrived 
at 10:00 A.M., and we were soon started. I enjoyed the first two 
hours of the service. James taught Sunday School. His topic 
was "Nonresistance", and the people seemed very receptive. 
Visitor and testimony time seemed long. Jeremiah got up to preach. 
Church dismissed after 1:15. By then it was raining so hard on 
that tin roof that you couldn't even hear the speaker. They soon 
brought our dinner of beef and broth, rice and chapati. We soon 
headed home. The roads were wet, and very slippery. It was like 
Pennsylvania roads in a snowstorm! We were so thankful for the 
cruiser, the van would have taken three times as long to get home, 
and we'd have been pushing a LOT. Jeremiah put it in four wheel 
drive and we went! Though, one time we went sideways up a hill. 
I couldn't believe we just kept going! We were thankful to get 
home. Jeremiah preached here for the evening service. 

September 9, Monday 

The computer is very occupied with the men trying to catch 
up on the financial records these days. What a joy! 



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Cheryl, Emelda, Alice and I went to Edwin and Jane's house 
to "pray for their baby" this afternoon. It is the custom when the 
baby boy is eight days (and the girl is fourteen days) to have a 
time of prayer and encouragement for the mother. We had a nice 
visit with lots of conversation. Edwin's fourth "boy blessing" is 
"Little Ray." The twins were sleeping when we got there and woke 
quickly. They were afraid we had come to take their baby! It was 
nice to see that they really like their new brother! It was an edify- 
ing visit. 

September 10, Tuesday 

Swahili class was complicated today as we learned about 
prepositions! You have to know English rules to learn another 
language. We walked up to the new house and watched the men 
plastering. Those walls are so nice and smooth! They think they 
will be done plastering in a week or so! Ray was putting up door 
frames in the bedrooms on the south end of the house. 

Jeremiah planted some plants in front of the house while I 
made a picnic lunch. We left at 11:30 and headed north toward 
Paraywa. I'll say again, Kenya is a beautiful country! We got out 
to gaze across a huge expanse of country, and some Pokot 
women and children came to greet us. It is nice to be able to 
communicate more! 

We wanted to eat our lunch without an audience so we found 
an out-of-the-way place and stopped. We climbed a steep hill and 
sat on top where we could look down on both sides. It was really 
neat; huts, shambas, and cattle all around. Micaiah made a dis- 
covery. He said, "The big sun shines on ALL the houses!" He'd 
apparently thought that each house had its own sun. We had a 
nice time. Jeremiah had a rough time getting a fire burning to 
roast the maize he grabbed from our shamba. In the end we all 
smelled like Kenyans! 

September 1 1 , Wednesday 

It was Jeremiah's turn to make breakfast (the guys have a 
breakfast every other week). He thought he couldn't do ft, but 
with a little help {from me) we had a good breakfast. I had Ho- 
sanna doing some printing practice this morning. It was nice to 
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back several years to school teaching days. But, my, she has a 
lot of refining before she is a school girl! I think this is good for her. 
It's good for me too, though it stretches my patience! Ray and 
Nancy went to Kitale for supplies. This afternoon Jeremiah and 
James went around to fill out the member records for the Makutano 
Congregation. This is part of our effort to get to know the people 
better, and be able to start school support. They did really well, 
and got around to about a dozen places. Jeremiah didn't eat din- 
ner or supper. He said he had so much tea, he felt like he was 
floating! Jeremiah didn't come until 7:15. 

September 12, Thursday 

Cheryl had the women's meeting today. She talked about our 
body being the "temple of the Holy Ghost" and not abusing it. It 
was interesting to hear the discussion. A young pregnant woman 
came about the time of the meeting. You could see she was really 
sick. She wanted help with medicine and hospital bills. We found 
out she is one of several wives and her husband doesn't care 
about her, whether she lives or dies. It looked like she had TB. 
We really felt for her, and wondered whether anyone cared about 
her. I also wondered about the little baby coming. We gave her 
medicine and are praying for her. 

Jeremiah and James were going around visiting church mem- 
bers again today. I almost envied him for being able to see where 
these people live! I only get to the homes if there is a baby shower, 
it seems. But if I went, they would for sure want to serve us food! 

September 14, Saturday 

This was Rays' day off and they wanted to leave early. Men 
came from Chepkorniswa to discuss the water project there, and 
then it took a while before Noeckers were able to leave. 

I walked to Makutano with Nancy after dinner. It was a lot of 
fun and quite relaxing. Nancy goes every day so they are used to 
her, and they really didn't pay much attention to us. We went 
down into the clothes market. That has really gotten better! I was 
able to find some nice (used) clothes for the children. I'm getting 
to have to do that every now and then; living in Kenya is so hard 
on clothes. 

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cake and presents. He had to make a little speech and say a 
memory verse before he could have the cake and presents. No 
wonder Kenyans like to talk. They start them at six! He is shy 
and Hosea told him every word to say. 

September 15, Sunday 

We stayed at Makutano, and Noeckers went to Ortum for 
church. It was a good service, with Hosea preaching. Gilbert is 
back from his home-place, and he translated for Hosea. The ser- 
vice was over at 12:30. Jeremiah had several people to talk to 
(with requests for help) after church. Jeremiah preached this 
evening, and Noeckers didn't get home until 4:30 or so. 

September 16, Monday 

This afternoon Cheryl was out working in the flower beds by 
the gate when a man came and began helping her. She said he 
did pretty good work r but he was obviously not sober. He kept 
stumbling around as he tried to hoe, making her a little nervous 
that one of them might get hurt. She couldn't help but laugh at 
him! He talked the entire time, mostly in Swahili. She just kept 
saying "uh-huh". When the job was done, he went home. She 
said he made it interesting anyway! 

September 17, Tuesday 

This was our day off and we decided to go to Kitale. We left 
around 1 and were able to go slowly and enjoy the day. We did 
most of the regular stops. Several times we watched a monkey 
on the streetside. James went along and he thought it had es- 
caped from a game park nearby. It had a crowd of people watch- 
ing it and feeding it. They gave it carrots, bananas, mangoes, and 
papaya. One man tried to give it a cigarette, but it didn't even 
come close for that! I think the monkey had to have been stuffed 
for as much as it ate! It walked on the roof of the street houses 
and the people on the second story shut their windows. I guess 
they didn't want a visitor! Our children loved it, and decided it 
must be a daddy monkey, because it had a beard! 

Jeremiah left before supper with the ministers and they vis- 
ited some church members. He got home when the children were 
ready for bed. 



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September 18, Wednesday 

Jeremiah had scheduled to go visit members at Chesebet to- 
day. Since I was sick I wasn't too excited about his going for all 
day. But he and James left around 10:00 A.M., and didn't get 
back till 7:45 P.M. He had quite a day. He thoughtthey'd drive the 
cruiser between houses. Instead, he parked it on the main road 
and walked a loooong way to the first house, then on uuuup to the 
next, and up to several more houses. Then they went down the 
steep mountain, and down, and down, stopping to visit more mem- 
bers along the way. Everywhere they went was either a steep 
ascent, or a steep descent! He said they have nice compounds, 
but they live so far from town centers! Most of the children go to 
school, and some have to walk an hour and a half to school every 
day. Imagine that! The people of Chesebet are very hospitable, 
and the guys got plenty to eat and drink all day. They had to turn 
a lot of it down. Jeremiah hopes he's not getting turned on Kenya 
chai (tea)! He saw a lot of beautiful scenery and interesting plants, 
and he brought home a huge cutting to stick in the ground. He 
had a good day, but he has to go tomorrow to finish visits! 

Hello, this is Jere. 

On Wednesday I went to Chesubet. It is in the mountains. 
We left about 1 0:00, got there about 1 1 :00 or so. We parked the 
Cruiser at the bottom of a hill and walked up up up to Joseph 
Okemo's house (he's the representative (pastor) of the Chesubet 
church) After interviewing him and his wife she brought out chai 
and chapatti. (I restrained myself to one cup; I figured more was 
coming.) His wife seemed disappointed that we didn't take more. 
I've had a hard time getting back into enjoying chai because last 
week I had it several times (possible 1 0-12 cups in two days) that 
wasn't so bad but at the end of the second day on the last cup I 
noticed that there was some water on the inside (probably from 
where she had washed it). Well, I really knew better and I should've 
just wiped it out but that seemed rather rude so I left it. Well, I 
WAS SORRY. 

Back to the story. After chai we (Joseph, James, and I) left 
and went up up to the next house. It was some widow lady. Inter- 
view more chai. Up up up, over, down down around through 



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someone's plowed fiefd and through a couple compounds then 
we finally got to the house. It was a home of single mom. She had 
about five children. We refused chai there. Then off again, through 
someone's maize, and down down the other side of the mountain 
(remember this is all walking) across a little creek then through 
more fields and up up up to another house, where a man and his 
wife were just saved a few months ago. In interviewing them we 
found out that their 3-4 children ages around 11-7 years, leave for 
school at 6:30 and walk for one and a half to two hours!!! Can you 
imagine? There we were about to leave, by now it was 1:00. They 
said "ngoja kidogo" (wait a little). So they brought out... you guessed 
it CHAI but then they also had a fried egg to accompany the chai 
(one egg each). From there it was a long walk to the next place, 
about a half hour of up down. This place had several children and 
there was an extra man there that wanted us to sponsor his trip to 
USA. We told him that it wasn't really in our mission statement! 
Here they fed us rice and potatoes together. They must have 
been boiled in broth because it had a pretty good flavor, but was 
rather dry. It is amazing how good something can taste when you 
are really hungry. (NOTE: these comments are not complaining 
just information to help you imagine that you were here.) 

After that piace it was down the mountain and over a fairly 
wide river by hopping on rocks. Then up through a cow pasture 
into someone's compound (apparently we were kind of lost be- 
cause after some inquiry we were off again). Finally, to the next 
house was the home of this Mzee (old man - term of respect). He 
was born in 1 928, his wife was born in 1 948, they were married in 
1957!! (Do the math.) He was able to marry her because she 
was circumcised and considered a woman!!! She had fourteen 
children; they are now raising five or six of their grandchildren. 
(Tradition is if you have an illegitimate child and you marry some- 
one else you just leave it with your mom and dad.) Anyway, there 
they fed us rice and beans in a little soup and more chai. 

After that it was more up and down, more houses, more forms, 
but we just kept refusing to take chai or eat as it was getting late 
and we were a long way from the cruiser. As we got to this point 
in the day I started to pay more attention to the plant life and land- 
scape. You might think that it is rather funny to spend a day and 



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not take much notice. But if you would Ve saw the paths we were 
on you wouldn't have noticed much besides how your feet look 
trying to find a decent place to step. J J 



SHIPWRECK 

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, 
uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. 
Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed 
forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little 
hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements and to 
store his few possessions. 

One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find 
his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worse 
had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief 
and anger. "God, how could you do this to me!" he cried. 

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound 
of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue 
him. "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his 
rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied. 

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. We 
shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in 
the midst of pain and suffering. 

Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground it 
just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God. 

For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God 
has a positive answer for it: 

You say: "It's impossible 7 ' God says: Ail things are possible 
(Luke 18:27), 

You say: "I'm too tired" God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 
11:28-30). 

You say: "Nobody really loves me" God says: I love you (John 
3:16 & John 13:34). 

You say: I can't go on" God says: My grace is sufficient (II 
Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15). 

You say: "I can't figure things out" God says; I will direct your 



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steps (Proverbs 3:5-6). 

You say: "I can't do it" God says: You can do all things 
(Phiiippians 4:1 3). 

You say: "I'm not able" God says: I am able (II Corinthians 
9:8). 

You say: "It's not worth if God says: It will be worth it (Ro- 
mans 8:28). 

You say: "I can't forgive myself God says I FORGIVE YOU (I 
John 1:9 & Romans 8:1). 

You say: "I can't manage" God says: I will supply all your needs 

(Phiiippians 4:19). 

You say: I'm afraid" God says: I have not given you a spirit of 
fear (II Timothy 1:7). 

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated" God says: Cast 
all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7). 

You say: "I don't have enough faith" God says: I've given ev- 
eryone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). 

You say: "I'm not smart enough" God says: I give you wisdom 
(I Corinthians 1:30). 

You say: "I feel all alone" God says: I will never leave you or 
forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). 

Selected from the Fish Wrapper 
by Sister Mary Stump 

OBITUARY 

DOROTHY BLOCHER 

Sister Dorothy Marie Blocherwas born, September 4, 1927, 
at Waterford, California to Harry and Gracie (Root) Andrews. Af- 
ter a lengthy illness, she went to be with her Lord on, September 
29, 2002, at the age of 75 years and 25 days. She passed away 
at the Randolph Nursing Home in Winchester, Indiana. 

At the tender age of twelve, she gave her heart to the Lord 
and remained faithful until her death. At the time of her passing, 
she was a member of the Englewood Dunkard Brethren Church. 



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On May 2, 1947, she married Earl Blocher. They lived at 
Grandviewand Belton, Missouri, Waterford, Snelfing, Ceres, and 
Modesto, California. In 1959 they moved to Union, Ohio. In the 
fall of 1 961 , they moved to Ithaca, Ohio. Later in 1 978, Daddy and 
Mother moved to Braffetsville, Indiana and in 1989 they moved to 
Lynn, Indiana. To this union were born five children, Bernice 
Fosberg of Medway, Ohio, Freda Heisey of Taylorsville, Missis- 
sippi, Ruth Keeny of Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania, Stephen Blocher 
of Bradford, Ohio, and Rebecca Stalter of New Paris, Indiana. In 
1970 they adopted Craig Blocher of Greenville, Ohio. 

Dorothy was a very loving and faithful wife, mother, grand- 
mother, and great-grandmother. She lived her faith in word and 
deed. She will be greatly missed by her family and by all that 
knew her. 

She is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, Earl Blocher, 
step-mother, Lucille Andrews of Dallas Center, Iowa, four daugh- 
ters, Bernice, Freda, Ruth, Rebecca, and two sons, Stephen and 
Craig, twenty-two grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a 
sister, Miriam Reed, two brothers Marvin and Larry Andrews and 
a host of friends and relatives. 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her father, mother, infant 
brother, and an infant grandchild. 

Viewing was held at the Hale-Sarver Funeral Home in West 
Milton, Ohio. Funeral services were held on October 3, 2002, at 
10:00 at Englewood Dunkard Brethren Church with Elder Fred 
Pifer of Dallas Center, Iowa officiating, Burial was at Royal Oaks 
Memorial Gardens in Brookville with Brother Roger Keeny offici- 
ating. Two poems written by the family were read at the church 
and a favorite song of Mother's was read at the graveside ser- 
vice. 

The family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, 
and other expressions of thoughtfulness during the time of her 
illness and bereavement. 

GRANDMA HAS GONE TO HEAVEN 

Grandma has gone to heaven 
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She's singing with the angels 
Free from pain and care. 

I know that she is happy, 
As happy as could be, 
For she's up there with Jesus 
To reign eternally. 

She's walking and talking with Jesus- 
Walking the streets of pure gold. 
She's singing with a beautiful voice, 
Songs that will never grow old. 

She'll never be sickly again, 
And lie on a bed in pain. 
Jesus will give her a new body 
With senses that never wane. 

I miss you, Grandma dear, 
But you went to a better place 
Where no more sorrows will ever come, 
And you will see Jesus face to face. 

Written by granddaughter Diana Stalter 

MOTHER HAS GONE HOME 

Mother has gone Home. 
On this earth, we no more shall see, 
To be with her mother and father 
On that far off crystal sea. 

She's gone where hearts aren't broken. 
No heartaches or tear-filled eyes, 
No weariness, sorrow, or pain 
Will reach her Home in the skies. 

She'll have no disappointments there 
Shattered hopes will never cloud the skies 
Or her view of eternal hope 
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Mother was tired and weary 
For twelve months she waited here 
To be called by her Heavenly Father 
Waiting for His words of cheer. 

"Welcome Home, my child, 
Enter into the joys of my rest, 
Leave behind your earthly struggles 
Leave behind your trials and tests/' 

You've been patient in suffering 
We, your family will remember this. 
And now to see you asleep 
We wish you all Heaven's bliss. 

What a reunion in Heaven 
When your face again we shall see 
When we come Home to glory 
All the happiness there'll be! 

-Your family 

The following was a favorite song of Sister Dorothy. 

NO DISAPPOINTMENT IN HEAVEN 

There's no disappointment in heaven : 

No weariness, sorrow or pain; 

No hearts that are bleeding and broken, 

No song with a minor refrain; 

The clouds of our earthly horizon 

Will never appear in the sky, 

For all will be sunshine and gladness, 

With never a sob nor a sigh. 

We'll never pay rent for our mansion, 

The taxes will never come due; 

Our garments will never grow threadbare, 

But always be fadeless and new; 

We'll never be hungry nor thirsty, 

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For all the rich bounties of heaven 
His sanctified children will share. 

There'll never be crepe on the doorknob, 
No funeral train in the sky; 
No graves on the hillsides of glory, 
For there we shall nevermore die; 
The old will be young there forever, 
Transformed in a moment of time; 
Immortal we'll stand in His likeness, 
The stars and the sun to outshine. 

I'm bound for that beautiful city 
My Lord has prepared for His own; 
Where all the redeemed of all ages 
Sing "glory" around the white throne; 
Sometimes I grow homesick for heaven, 
And the glories I there shall behold; 
What a joy that will be when my Savior I see, 
In that beautiful city of gold! 

-F. H. Lehman 

BURKHOLDER-DILLER 

Sis. Leanna Hess Burkholder and Bro. Scott Lester Diller were 
united in marriage, September 21 , 2002. They are residing at 1 5 
Strausstown Road, Bethel, PA 19507 

NEWS ITEMS 

CLEARVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Clearville Congregation is looking forward to a Weekend 
Revival meeting on November 15, 16 and end on the 17, 2002. 
Brother David Aungst will be our evangelist. Services start at 
7:30 P.M. nightly and Sunday morning service at 10:00 A.M. and 
Sunday night service also at 7:30 P.M. On Sunday we will have a 
fellowship meal following our morning service. Please pray for 
our revival and the speaker. All are welcome to come. 

Sister Benita Boilman, Cor. 



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THANKS 

Heartfelt thanks to all who prayed, called or sent cards of 
encouragement to us after Alan's accident. Every one was ap- 
preciated and meant so much. We have felt God's sustaining 
hand through it all and are so thankful for His love and faithful- 
ness. Thank you for caring and may He bless you richly. 

In Him, 

Brother Alan and Sister Brenda Meyers 
BRETHREN HERITAGE CENTER 

I know some of you are interested in the progress of The Breth- 
ren Heritage Center at Brookville, Ohio. The board and a few 
other people have been meeting almost every month for the past 
two years to organize and start the center. We have met twenty- 
two times and many hours of labor have been donated to get things 
under way. Progress in the first year seemed very slow but much 
time was spent in organizing and planning. We have seen very 
good progress the past six months. The renovating is completed, 
painting is done, carpet is laid and now shelving is being as- 
sembled. Next, the cataloging, and so forth, needs to be done. It 
looks like the center will be open to the public about January 1 
2003. 

Brother Paul Stump 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
DECEMBER 2002 

Dec. 1 - Pauls Sufferings Prove His Apostolic Claims - II Cor. 
11:16-33 

1 . What was Paul's purpose in listing here his sufferings? 

2. In what did Paul say he would glory? 

Dec. 8 -Visions and a Thorn in the Flesh - II Cor. 12:1-10 

1. Who was this man in Christ that Paul knew, who was 
caught up to the third heaven? 



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2. Why did Paul take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, 
necessities, persecutions, and distresses for Christ's 
sake? 

Dec. 15 - Paul Loves the Corinthians Despite Fears of their Car- 
nality- II Cor. 12:11-21 

1. What are the signs of an apostle that were wrought 
among the Corinthians? 

2. For what purpose did Paul do all things among the 
Corinthians? 

Dec. 22 - The Birth of Christ - Luke 2:1-20 

1 . How did the political world's influence factor into the birth 
of Christ? 

2. Why were the shepherds fearful at the appearance of 
the angel of the Lord? 

Dec. 29- Are You in the Faith? Prove Yourselves - II Cor. 13:1-14 

1 . How do we examine ourselves to know whether or not 
we are in the faith? 

2. What did Paul mean in wishing the perfection of the 
Corinthians? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR DE- 
CEMBER 2002 

Dec. 1 -Nonconformity -Rom. 12:1-13, I Tim. 2:8-15, I Pet. 1:13- 
16,3:5, Uohn 2:15-17 

1 . How can we present our bodies as a sacrifice while we 
are living? 



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2. Contrast the words "conformed" and "transformed". 

Dec. 8 - Athletics - 1 Cor. 9:24-27, Gal. 5:7, Phil. 3:14, Heb. 12:1-2, 

IITim. 4:6-8 

1 . How does living the Christian life compare to running a 
foot race? 

2. How is sin in our life likened unto extra weight carried 
by a runner in a race? 

Dec. 1 5 - Fellowship - Gen. 5:24, 6:8-9, Ps. 73:23-28, Matt. 1 8:19- 
20, Luke 24:15-32, I John 1:3-10, John 15:4-10 

1 . How can we, as Enoch, "walk with God"? 

2. How can we, as Noah, "find grace in the eyes of the 

Lord"? 

Dec. 22 - The Christmas Story - Luke 2:1-33 

1 . What did the angel say would be a sign unto the shep- 
herds for finding the Saviour? 

2. How did the shepherds witness unto others about the 
birth of Christ? 

Dec. 29 - Appearances - 1 Sam. 1 6:4-7, Matt. 6:1-5, 6:16-18, Luke 
20:46-47, II Cor. 5:12, 10:7 

1 . What all is included in our appearance as the Lord seeth? 

2. Why does mankind usually care more about their ap- 
pearance before their fellow man, than their appearance 
to God? 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD COTRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 

3949S100E 

Peru, IN 36970 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21 397 -County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McCfave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Piter, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Gordon Jamison. Treasurer 
2270 Co.Rd 74 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Frank E. Shaffer 

1 3055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencastle, PA 1 7225 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Martin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Milton Cook 

1138 E, 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Ronald Marks, Secretary 
1 81 3 N. 136th Avenue 
Hart, Ml 49420 



Fred O. Piter, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton. PA 17322 

RayStuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20330 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Rick St. John 

2578 County Road 20-2 

Archbold, OH 43502 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Phil Franklin 

1520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto, CA 05350 

Russell Kasza 

21968 Meinershagan Rd. 

Higgensville MO 64037 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker. Chairman 
1 2409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 9 53S6 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
{515)993-3028 

Lloyd Lorenz, Treasurer 
3949 S 100 E 
Peru, IN 44970 
(576) 473-5045 

Gordon Jamison 
R 1 Box 136 
Quinter, KS 67752 
(785) 754-3639 

David Aungst 
334 Birds Hill Rd. 
Pine Grove, PA 17963 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles. Superintendent 
HCR79. Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed. Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers. Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

Justin Beck 
480ShubertRd. 
Bethel. PA 19507 

Dale Meyers 
2369 F Ave. 
Redfield, [A 50063 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Phil Franklin, Secretary 
1520 Brannon Ave. 
Modesto, CA 95350 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Verling Wolfe 
115 Club Rd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

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to the Secretary for his 
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VOL. LXXX 



DECEMBER, 2002 



NO. 12 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



BELIEVE THE BIBLE 

There are some who believe the Bible, 

And some who believe in part, 

And some who trust with a reservation, 

And some with all their heart. 

But I know that its every promise 

Is firm and true always; 

It is tried as the precious silver, 

And it means just what it says. 

It is strange we trust each other, 

And only doubt our Lord; 

We will take the word of mortals, 

And yet distrust His word; 

But, Oh, what light and glory 

Would shine o'er all our days 

If we always would remember 

That He means just what He says. 

-A. B. Simpson 

Zondervan Publication 

Selected by Sister Ruth Speicher 



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BETHLEHEM 

It is ironic that the little town of Bethlehem, associated with the 
coming of the Prince of Peace, is today in the news as a place of 
conflict between the Jews and the Palestinians. Various battles 
and hostage situations have recently taken place in this town. As 
Christmas approaches, there is little peace in that area. 

Soldiers are stationed throughout the area, either to preserve 
the fragile peace or to commence another campaign of blood- 
shed. At the time Jesus was born, there probably were soldiers 
in the town. They would have been there to keep the peace. They 
would have kept the overflowing crowds of visitors in check so 
no uprising could erupt. As the people came to be counted and 
taxed, they may have been open to inflammatory oratory from 
those who were looking to overthrow the Roman government in 
their country. The soldiers perhaps kept a low profile, neverthe- 
less all knew that they were there and why. There would not be 
any uprising in Bethlehem or anywhere else in Palestine at this 
season. There would be no new ruler to challenge Caesar. 

The soldiers could guard the lands their Emperor claimed. The 
militants could attempt to incite the people to riot and revolution. 
The people could go on their way paying little heed to either the 
soldiers or the troublemakers. They could continue to exist, pay- 
ing their taxes, and giving lipservice to the legalism of their pro- 
fessional religious leaders. After this little interruption in their rou- 
tine, nothing much had changed. Bethlehem was still a sleepy 

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little town, known as the boyhood home of King David of olden 
times. 

What appeared to be just an uneventful interlude involving travel 
and governmental paper work, soon became something much 
more significant. That time and that place would be known even 
in our own day. An overcrowded, little town would become the 
place of the most dramatic event of this world's history. Probably 
most who were there were unaware of what happened at this 
counting and taxing season, but the world since has been very 
much aware of what happened there. The events of that season 
were more powerful than the military power of Rome, represented 
by the soldiers stationed about the town. There was meaning 
given to lives that were downtrodden and in dispair. 

it was such a simple event, yet within it was so much. There 
had been an untold number of births before the birth of Jesus and 
there have been an untold number of births since that time. Never 
was there a birth like this one. The physical delivery of the child 
was the same as God had ordained in His creation of man and 
woman. What was significant was the Person born at that time. 
This was no ordinary baby. This was the Son of God. 

We can not understand how the Holy Spirit moved upon Mary 
that she conceived the Holy Seed. We can understand, at least 
in part, that God had such a tremendous love for those who had 
been created in His image, that He was willing to send His Son to 
this earth to rescue fallen man. 

Adam and Eve had fallen for the deceptions of Satan in the Gar- 
den of Eden. They fell as everyone since has fallen for the same 
deception. Satan has appealed to each of us to betray God and 
to follow him, whether in something great or something small. Men 
have been willing to give up the benefits of obeying God to enjoy 
sin. Too late, men find out that Satan is a tough taskmaster. He 
demands more and more from those who yield to him. 

Jesus' birth provided the answer. They could be delivered 
from their sins. They could have the power to live to please God. 
Jesus came to deliver men from their sin through a saving gos- 
pel. When men are willing to accept that gospel, their course in 



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this life and beyond will be changed. God has provided this way 
of escape and deliverance. 

This baby was more powerful than the armies of Rome. He 
brought a power to change lives from the inside out. Men could 
be changed not just outwardly but also inwardly. His heart and 
soul could be set right because God sent His Son to this earth as 
a baby. 

For those who would accept, Jesus secured these blessings 
not through His birth, His teaching, or His miracles, but through 
His death and His resurrection. His death had meaning because 
He was the baby born in Bethlehem. He is the Son of God who 
has overcome death that men might have the power to be born 
again and to live in God's will. 

At this Christmas season, do you know why you celebrate 
the season? Why are you so interested in that little town of 
Bethlehem? Can you celebrate the coming of the Saviour, not 
only to Bethlehem, but also into your heart and life? 

Merry Christmas 

M.C.Cook 

SENDING A SAVIOR 

"And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of 
hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the Lord be- 
cause of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a 
great one, and he shall deliver them." Isaiah 19:20 

"For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the 
head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body." Ephesians 
5:23 

"For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because 
we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, speciaily 
of those that believe." I Timothy 4:10 

We know that the savior spoken of in the verse from Isaiah is 
Moses, humanly speaking. It is of interest to us that both Moses 
and Jesus were born at a time when Israel was under foreign 
rule. It is also interesting that both of their lives were threatened 



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when they were babes. Moses was rescued by an Egyptian. 
Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt for a sanctuary. Both Moses and 
Jesus were human saviors. 

We know that Scripture teaches that Isaiah was also speak- 
ing of a much greater Savior, God Himself. "I, even I, am the 
LORD; and beside me there is no saviour." Isaiah 43:1 1 . We also 
know that the New Testament refers to Jesus Christ as both Lord 
and savior. Therefore we can be assured that Jesus was not 
only a human savior but also God the Son. 

We find from the verse taken from Ephesians that Jesus Christ 
is the savior of the church There is confusion today as to what 
part the Church plays in the role of salvation. Some teach that 
salvation is of and from the Church. That church leaders have 
the power to forgive sin. Others teach that church rituals are your 
salvation. To counteract these types of teaching many say that 
the Church has no part in salvation. But the verses following 
Ephesians 5:23 leads us to the conclusion that the Church is the 
agent of salvation. First we find that the Church is to be subject 
unto Christ. We find that Christ loved the Church and gave him- 
self for it. We find that He desires to sanctify and cleanse it with 
the washing of water by the word. These are the things needed to 
have Jesus Christ as your Savior. Therefore we conclude that 
Christ gave this first to the Church that it may then share it with 
others. 

in our verse from i Timothy we find that the Church will both 
labor and surfer reproach. Is the Church of today, as a whole, so 
taken up with laboring for carnal deliverance that the spiritual de- 
liverance has been forgotten? At this time of the year, known to 
the world as Christmas, the Church certainly does not desire any 
reproach. 

We would agree with the position of leaving the recognition of 
this day to each member's own personal convictions. But do those 
who celebrate the day compromise with the world? Do we spend 
over our budget just to make sure we give presents to everyone? 
Do we buy things for our children and grandchildren that glorify 
television programs or personalities? Do we decorate the out- 



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side or inside of our homes because the world says this is the 
correct thing to do? Does a Christmas tree take up space in the 
living room? 

We are to trust in the living God. When children are taught the 
fable of Santa Glaus does this cause doubt concerning the Sav- 
ior, the Lord Jesus Christ? Even if they are taught that he is only 
make believe does it take away from the birth of Christ suppos- 
edly celebrated on this day? We must be careful we do not fall 
victim to the world's comparing the "spirit of Christmas" with the 
true Spirit. 

Jesus Christ is the Savior of all men. He came to earth and 
took on a robe of flesh when He was born in a stable in Bethlehem 
that He might shed His blood for all mankind. All too many are 
smitten with the babe of Bethlehem and abhor the reality of why 
He was born. The angels announced to the shepherds at Christ's 
birth, "...Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, 
which shall be to all people." 

Jesus Christ is the Savior specially to those who believe. While 
Christ is the savior of all mankind, it is only beneficial to those 
who believe. To believe must be more than a head assent. It 
must be a heart action. To "accept Jesus as savior" without ac- 
knowledging Him as Lord is not enough. All do not go to Heaven, 
as modern Christianity teaches. 

There is good and danger in the fact that the birth of Christ is 
heard by so many at this time of the year. We have already men- 
tioned many of the dangers. The music emitted from the loud- 
speakers in eating and business establishments is often greatly 
improved this time of the year. However, the worldly and sacred 
are usually mixed together. Even the churches often change 
preaching time to special programs at this time of the year. It is a 
shame, in our opinion, that many of the "Christmas" hymns are 
not sung more often during the year. Is Jesus Christ your Lord 
and Savior? 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 



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SOSTHENES, OUR BROTHER 

"Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will 
of God, and Sosthenes our brother." I Corinthians 1 : 1 

As you read your Bible, do you ever stop and wonder about 
some of the people who are mentioned in the pages of Scripture. 
Sometimes we are only given a name and nothing else is ever 
mentioned about them. As we studied the Letters to the Corinthians 
in the adult Sunday School classes this year just such a situation 
arose in the very first verse of I Corinthians. 

Paul mentions Sosthenes and refers to him as "our brother". 
We can easily infer that Sosthenes is a companion of his as Paul 
is writing this letter to the Corinthians and that Sosthenes is some- 
one known to them. He is a fellow believer in Christ and thus 
spiritually a brother to Paul and to the Christians in Corinth. Be- 
yond this briefest of descriptions Paul never refers to him again in 
any of his letters. 

Who is Sosthenes and what could he tell us if we could hear 
his story? How did he become a Christian and a companion of 
Paul? Why did Paul even bother to mention his name in his open- 
ing salutation rather than at the end of the letter along with Aquila 
and Priscilla and several others? While none of these questions 
can be answered with certainty there is one other reference to a 
Sosthenes in the New Testament who lived in Corinth. This is 
what we find out about him in the book of Acts: 

'And when Gallic was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made 
insurrection with one accord against Pauf and brought him to the 
judgment seat, Saying, This feilow persuadeth men to worship 
God contrary to the law. And when Paul was now about to open 
his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong 
or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear 
with you: But if it be a question of words and names, and of your 
law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters. And he 
drave them from the judgment seat. Then all the Greeks took 
Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before 
the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.' 1 
Acts 18:12-17 



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This Sosthenes is the chief ruler of the synagogue in Corinth. 
We presume that he is a leading character in this making of insur- 
rection against Paul, it is easy to imagine him leading a nearly 
riotous crowd of Jews roughly pushing Paul before Gallio, the 
Roman Proconsul or judge. They want to prove that Paul has 
been breaking Roman law with his preaching about Jesus as the 
Son of God and the Jewish Messiah. Their anger and hostility are 
soon turned to dismay. Not only is Gallio unwilling to be drawn 
into what he perceives as a strictly religious argument but he re- 
sponds with a certain degree of hostility toward the Jews by driv- 
ing them out of his courtroom. In turn his reaction is perceived as 
permission by other Greeks, perhaps drawn there by the rowdy 
behavior of the Jews, to unleash their own hostilities upon 
Sosthenes, the chief antagonist. Sosthenes had hoped to have 
Paul punished but now found himself being beaten right in front of 
Gallio, who paid no attention to his predicament. 

If this Sosthenes is the same person that Paul is referring to in 
I Corinthians what a tremendous story there is for us to know. 
Did Paul minister to Sosthenes wounds and to his soul as well, 
resulting in his conversion? Did Paul recognize in Sosthenes a 
kindred spirit who had the same zeal that he himself had when he 
persecuted the church? If so, then Paul knew he had to reach out 
in love to Sosthenes just as surely as God had by revealing Jesus 
to him. 

If there is any substance to our conjecture then some of our 
earlier questions begin to have some answers. Sosthenes, as a 
fellow Corinthian, is well known to the Church. His conversion to 
Christ, his subsequent service to the church and now to Paul is 
common knowledge. Paul does not need to make any special 
introduction of Sosthenes to the church at Corinth. 

There is also the possibility that Paul has a much deeper pur- 
pose in mentioning Sosthenes than simply a polite reminder of his 
presence with Paul. From our study of the Corinthian letters we 
know that the church there was full of problems. They were frag- 
mented and splintered by a whole host of issues that could easily 
have overwhelmed their immature faith. Discouragement and dis- 
illusionment could make a shipwreck of their faith in Christ. Paul 



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is about to address this multitude of problems and he does not 
want them to lose hope in spite of some of the sternness that he 
is about to show toward them. By reminding the Corinthians of 
Sosthenes at the very beginning of his letter Paul has given them 
a living example of the power of God to overcome all obstacles. 
Here was a man who was not simply indifferent or ignorant of the 
Gospel. Sosthenes was actively hostile against it and a personal 
adversary of Paul's. Yet, by the grace of God, a whole new rela- 
tionship, completely different from what had existed before, had 
been made possible. Sosthenes, rather than someone to be feared 
or hated, someone to be avoided who could cause much trouble 
for Christians in Corinth, was now a brother. In Sosthenes, Paul 
had as good an illustration of the reconciliation possible between 
man and God and demonstration of the power of God to over- 
come obstacles that seemed overwhelming. All he had to say 
was, "and Sosthenes our brother". 

Our conjecture about Sosthenes is something we can never 
know with certainty. Yet, such conjecture is neither implausible 
nor unbelievable. For nearly 2000 years the transforming power 
of Christ has changed the lives of men and women from every 
imaginable circumstance of life. As Christians we have experi- 
enced this transforming power even if our own experiences seem 
modest in comparison to the "Sosthenes" of the Christian faith. 
The danger that faces us is not that we disbelieve what God may 
have done in the life of someone like Sosthenes. Rather, it is in 
losing hope for such possibilities in our own lives. Too often the 
problems we face in our own congregational, family, or personal 
lives overwhelm our faith and we accept the status quo as nor- 
mal. 

There may be a Sosthenes in many of our lives who repre- 
sents the Sosthenes of Acts. Rather than running, hiding, or avoid- 
ing such a person we must accept the challenge to be agents of 
His grace, having faith in the transforming power of Jesus Christ, 
to make Sosthenes our brother. 

Brother Phil Franklin 



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FEAR NOT 

L. W. Beery 

As we write these lines we are thinking of the approaching 
Christmas season, at which time we expect to again commemo- 
rate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christian people celebrate 
this event as one of the greatest events that ever transpired in the 
history of the world. The present condition of the world only makes 
us appreciate more the coming of the Prince of Peace who made 
it possible for us to live in a world of strife and carnal warfare and 
be at peace with all men. 

There are so many miraculous things in connection with the 
birth of our Lord, so many inspiring things that have a definite 
bearing upon the issues of life now confronting us in these dark 
days, that it is a refreshing experience to pause in the midst of all 
this confusion and turmoil and meditate upon the inspired record 
of the birth of the Christ who came into the world to save men 
from the very calamities and woes which they are suffering at the 
present time. 

There is one thought set forth in the record of the events con- 
nected with this birth that should be especially helpful to Christian 
peopie under the conditions in which we are now living. In an- 
nouncing the birth of Jesus to the shepherds that memorable night 
the angel said unto them, "Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good 
tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." (Luke 2:10.) 
When viewed in the light of other associated passages of scrip- 
ture, this is one of the most comforting expressions ever spoken 
by God, angels, or men. Fear is one of the things that can make 
the life of we humans here very unpleasant, yea, exceedingly 
miserable, even to the extent that men seek death rather than to 
live. 

The birth of the Christ was the one and only event that ever 
took place in the world that can banish fear, the apprehension of 
evil or danger, this dread and anxiety that distresses and plagues 
the hearts of men. God alone through his mercies and the inter- 
vention of his all powerful hand in our behalf can take away our 
fears. His messages and provisions for his people in times of 
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the ages. To the patriarch Abram he said, "Fear not, Abram; I am 
thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." (Gen. 15:1.) His 
words through Moses to the Israelites were, Tear ye not, stand 
still and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you 
today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see 
them no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall 
hold your peace." (Exodus 14:13-14.) His message through Isaiah 
is "Fear thou not: for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy 
God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold 
thee with the right hand of my righteousness." (Isa.41:19.) These 
precious promises have sustained godfearing people for many 
generations. 

Never in the history of the present generation was there ever 
a time when there were so many things happening that strike dis- 
may, terror and fear into hearts of men as there are today. "Men's 
hearts are failing them for fear, and for looking after those things 
which are coming on the earth." So much so, that many are rashly 
destroying their own lives rather than live under these conditions. 

Beloved, as we think on these things and try to fathom the 
awfulness of it all, how we ought to rejoice that our God has inter- 
vened in our behalf in this dispensation to save us from our lost 
and hopeless state. It was this Christ who was born in Bethlehem 
that made the great atonement for the sins of a fallen race; it was 
this Christ that brought from heaven to earth a saving gospel which 
is the "power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;" it 
was this Christ who hath saved us, and called us with a holy 
calling, not according to our works, but according to his own pur- 
pose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the 
world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our 
Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought 
life and immortality to light through the gospel; it was this Christ 
that said to all who accept him, "fear not, little flock; for it is your 
Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom — I will never leave 
thee, nor forsake thee, and, lo, I am with you always, even unto 
the end of the world." With all these precious promises ours, if we 
lay hold of them in faith believing and surrender our lives into his 
service, we need have no fears even though living in the midst of 
dangers, calamities and evils of every description that may be 



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threatening us. God has never forsaken his people in times of 
trouble and danger and never will. With these consoling thoughts 
upon our minds may we celebrate with rejoicing the birth of this 
precious Savior who gave himself for us that we might be heirs of 
God and joint heirs with him in a glorious world without end. 
Reprinted from the December 15, 1942 issue of the Bible Monitor 

LIGHT AND SIGHT 

"Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that steepest, and arise from 
the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Ephesians 5:14 

"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light " 
Acts 26:18 

So many try to understand the Bible, but are not willing to 
allow God to open their eyes! Mankind, in this our day, is more 
than satisfied with their eyes shut dead in their ignorance. Some- 
one may share the Gospel with them: tell them what Jesus did for 
them, how He died and was buried and rose again for their sins. 
Yet they when presented with this light, will not receive their sight! 
What a situation: to die because they are not willing to open their 
eyes! 

Imagine if you will the driver of an automobile. How far do you 
think he would get with his eyes closed? If you were driving and 
someone else in the car held his hands over your eyes, what 
would be the outcome? Today "ignorance is bliss. ,; The reason 
why so many have their eyes closed to the truth is that the out- 
come is not immediate. Adam and Eve did not die right away after 
they sinned, but there were noticeable changes. Those who have 
never partaken of heavenly things do not know what they are 
missing. People blind from birth have no understanding of light, or 
a concept of colors. Imagine one blind from birth suddenly re- 
ceiving his sight! What a difference! People in darkness often do 
not know that they are in darkness until the light comes upon 
them. 

If we have our natural eyes shut and we walk into the sun- 
light, we can tell, through our eyelids, that the sun is there. We 
can feel the warmth of the sun upon our face. Alfred, Lord Tennyson 



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was walking in his garden one day with a friend. The friend asked 
him, "What think ye of Christ?' : Alfred, who was the most famous 
poet in England at the time, said, "Like the sun is to these flowers 
is Jesus Christ to me. He is the Sun of my soul." He wrote in his 
poem, "Crossing the Bar", "There will be no moaning of the bar 
when I put out to sea." Further, he spoke of the time when, "I shall 
see my pilot face to face." Has God enlightened us enough that 
we have that hope in us: to one day see Jesus face to face? 

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world: he that folioweth me 
shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life;' (John 
8:12) Praise God for Jesus, the Light of the world! How precious 
that light is, yet many refuse to open their eyes, even when they 
feel the light on their faces! 

We are told in Luke, chapter one, of the work of Jesus, and of 
John the Baptist. In verse 79 it says, 'To give light to them that sit 
in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the 
way of peace/' Darkness and death go together, even when the 
person in darkness does not realize it, This world is so dark that 
often those in darkness do not recognize light when they see it. 
The Pharisees sought to destroy Jesus. The Catholics sought to 
destroy the Protestant movement. Catholics and Protestants 
joined forces to destroy the early Anabaptists. The Ecumenical 
movement of today tries to weaken and destroy the effects of 
truth, Satan's hordes are deceiving many. Does it not seem that 
more people should be following the Risen Saviour? They are 
content with what others have told them. They will not find out for 
themselves. They will not open their eyes. 

Is it possible that a member of a Bible-believing church could 
have his eyes shut to the truth? You may say that it is unlikely, 
yet it is possible. We cannot look into a man's heart, yet we can 
be fairly certain of a man's condition. Some people are happy to 
be in the presence of the people of God and they are able to dis- 
play the behavior that Christians expect, to the point that some of 
them actually get to sit around the tables of the Lord, yet when 
they are away from a Godly influence they are far different. D. L. 
Moody said that character is "what you are in the dark." If you 
truly have had your eyes opened and truly have been illuminated 



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by the Spirit of God, you will be different. God will dwell in you and 
others will see it. You will have turned from darkness to light. 



Open your eyes. 



Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



IN PRISON AT PHILIPPI 

Acts 16:19-40 

A certain young girl who was possessed with a spirit of divi- 
nation met with Paul and Silas and company (Timothy and Luke 
were included in this group). This girl was a fortune teller. My 
interpretation of this is that she was a slave or at least a servant, 
because her "masters" or owners (my interpretation) made a lot 
of money from her telling other people's fortunes. 

Well, this girl began following Paul around, and crying out 
"These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew 
unto us the way of salvation/ This happened day after day after 
day. Paul became weary of it. So one day he decided to put a 
stop to it. He turned around, and spoke to the spirit that was 
within the girl, "I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to 
come out of her." And the spirit came out the same hour. It may 
have taken a while— perhaps this exorcism was not instantaneous; 
but the results were soon to be seen. How do you think the aid 
reacted? 

Her masters reacted very negatively! They did not like this 
little money-making project to be taken away from them! So they 
"caught" Paul and Silas (I'm sure they were not gentle!} and dragged 
them to the market place where the rulers of the city were. They 
brought them to the magistrates with "trumped-up charges." The 
Word says the whole multitude came together against them. 

The magistrates gave the order. Paul and Silas were beaten 
with many stripes, then cast into prison where their feet were fas- 
tened in stocks so they could not possibly get away. What do you 
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you think he perceived his vision of "the Macedonian call" (verse 
9)? Apparently it did not phase Paul and Silas too much, because 
when they could not sleep (because of the severe pain from the 
beating, likely), they were praying and singing praises at midnight! 
What a reaction! 

You can read the rest of the account about their miraculous 
deliverance from prison, and the conversion of the jailor and all 
his household! 

After meeting with the church at the house of Lydia ; they left 
the city. Notice that they comforted the brethren; instead of the 
brethren comforting them! The church at Philippi was apparently 
more shaken up by this whole experience than Paul and Silas 
were. 

Summary Thought. ..Can you depend upon the Holy Spirit to 
enable and energize you to properly respond to all circumstances 
(as in Matthew 5:10-12, for example)? 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Brother Robert S. Lehigh 



THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE 

When we count our many blessings; 
It isn't hard to see 
That life's most valued treasures 
Are the treasures that are free. 

For it isn't what we own or buy 
That signifies our wealth. 
It's the special gifts that have no price: 
Our family, friends and health. 

-Selected by Sister Fern Wolfe 



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KENYA KNOTES 

October 16, Wednesday 

David and his crew have one floor laid and it looks nice. They 
are starting on the second bedroom floor on the guest end. The 
man doing the windows is nearly finished putting glass in the en- 
tire house. The frames were cemented in with the walls, now the 
man cuts each little glass and plasters it in with putty. He does a 
neat job. 

October 19, Saturday 

This was the work day for the church, and I guess they did a 
lot of digging. Jeremiah worked on the electricity here this morn- 
ing, then he worked with the men digging this afternoon. 
October 20, Sunday 

Another beautiful Lord's day in Kenya! Our family and Nancy 
went to Chesebet today. I was nervous about the roads because 
of all the rain we've been getting, but they weren't too bad since it 
hadn't just rained. There were a few muddy spots and we had to 
put the cruiser in 4 wheel drive once, but otherwise it was just 
bumpy as usual. We could see several spots were fixed with 
sand, and that was a real improvement. Church was a real bless- 
ing. Joseph is doing a good job leading that church. We really 
enjoyed the entire service. Joseph taught Sunday School and 
Jeremiah preached. As soon as church dismissed they told us to 
sit back down because dinner was ready, it really was! They 
soon brought the food. It was good, especially the meat. 
October 23, Wednesday 

Jeremiah worked on electricity ali day. We had the power off 
for about six hours in the process, but he accomplished his mis- 
sion before supper and dark, so we were gladl Ray is laying the 
tiles on the west side of the roof, and it is a challenge. 
October 26, Saturday 

The church work bee was today. I was surprised at the good 
show of people. One I was really happy to see was Roselyn's 
husband, Thomas. He was a drunk, and about a month ago the 
ministers from church went to visit them. In the process of the 
visit Thomas became a Christian! He started to come to church 



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and I remember Hosea announcing that this was "Thomas, the 
new man. Don't think of him as the person he used to be." He's 
been attending church very regularly, and Pastor Gilbert (who 
lives next door to them) says he is doing well. So we were happy 
to see him here today! 

October 27, Sunday 

We talked here about the lack of visiting after church. It 
seemed like people just want to rush home. So to encourage (or 
force) fellowship, Hosea started having a "fellowship circle" after 
church. One of the ministers starts by walking out of the church 
and greeting another brother. He stands next to the first brother. 
The entire church follows in a line and greets whoever is in iine, 
then stands next to the last person in iine. We form a circle that 
comes back to the first person. Sometimes we sing, and every- 
one seems to enjoy it. We really aren't dismissed until everyone 
is greeted. 

November 6, Wednesday 

Jeremiah and Ray have worked up at the new house all day. 
The sanders are going to work all night, and the cracks need filled 
behind them as they go. We are down to the last week or so and 
it is going to be like this, Jeremiah just got the lights all over the 
new house today, so now they don't have to come home because 
it is dark. 

November 1 1 , Monday 

Today was the last day for the sanders to work. Now our 
guys are ready to varnish the floors. The varnish they are using 
is realfy powerful stuff. It smells like finger nail polish. They did 
that this evening. It made them smeil really bad, long after they 
came home. Jeremiah even took a shower and I could still smell 
it on his breath. 

November 12, Tuesday 

This was the day to go to Chesebet for Men's and Women's 
meetings. There was a large number to greet us, and they soon 
seated us in the nice new house there. Our family and James' 
family ate inside the house. The women met in the house, and the 
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November 14, Thursday 

It was so neat to watch the two old ladies of our church here. 
They both look around 70 years old, are widows, and live close 
by each other. A month ago they had a spat, and weren't on 
speaking terms. "Deacon" Peter got them together after church 
one evening and worked out the problem. Let me tell you, Peter 
leaves no stones unturned! Ever since those women seem to be 
the best of friends. The one lady is blind and the other one looks 
out for her. She will guide her to her seat, and she makes sure 
her son is there to guide her home. Before their clash, I never 
saw them together at all. This is forgiveness in action! 

November 15, Friday 

Today the men put up the phone and electric lines between 
the houses. Philip dug the hole for the pole and they painted the 
pole with used motor oil to repel the termites. Then, with the help 
of all available men, they lifted the pole into the hole. It didn't seem 
long, and the lines were up. They look really official, and our dream 
(of the new house) is becoming reality The freshly varnished 
floors look nice. 

November 17, Sunday 

it was our day to go to Ortum today. Ray and Veronica went 
along with us and we dropped them off at Chepkorniswa for the 
service there. It's their turn to go there next week, but they are 
leaving for Nairobi on Sunday. I really hoped that at (generally) 
dry Ortum, the children could stay semi-clean. So I was glad to 
get away from the mud here today Weil, guess what? It rained 
EVERYWHERE last night. We got to the church and I was dis- 
mayed to see that it was MUDDY! Mud at a church in America 
isn't so nice, but when the rain water washes down through the 
church (with no walls and a mud floor), then you have a problem. 
We took Gilbert along and he translated. Moses had the Sunday 
School lesson. Jeremiah could not believe it, but Moses taught 
from the same chapter that his sermon was to be. So the ladies 
heard a lot about the "covering" this morning! 

November 20, Wednesday 

Tonight Jeremiah went up to the new house to hook up the 
stove for Cheryl. We went up and visited our new neighbors! Our 






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children are as excited about our new quarters as Ray's girls are 
of theirs. 

November 24, Sunday 

Everyone seemed to come to church late today, and it didn't 
start until 9:45. Peter was on time! He told everyone that it was 
they who were late for church, and everything was going to go at 
the normal rate : even though it was late! 'NOTHING will be left 
out!" he said. And that is the way it was. He even reminded 
everyone again when Sunday School ran overtime! It was a good 
service. Gilbert had a super sermon. Jeremiah, Nancy and I all 
agreed that we felt like we were listening to one of the preachers 
from America! His topic was "vision", and he covered it well. 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

FOR AS HE THINKETH IN HIS HEART SO IS HE 

Proverbs 23:7 

Teacher Linda looked up from her desk as her class filed into 
the room. When they were seated, she said, 'This is Valentine 
Month when we usually exchange cards or notes with heart deco- 
rations or pass around candy in the shape of hearts. It might be 
good for us to consider the importance of our heart. If our heart 
would cease to beat, our life would end as far as this life is con- 
cerned, but even more important is our heart life in a spiritual 
sense. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23, "Keep thy heart with all 
diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Our thoughts, our 
desires, actions and deeds originate from the heart. 

Here is a short list of different hearts mentioned in the Bible 
and Bible characters associated with the verse. 

A Wise Heart Solomon I Kings 3:9 & 12 

A Rejoicing Heart .. Hannah I Samuel 2:1 1 

A Perfect Heart King Asa I Kings 5:1 1 & 14 

A Sorrowing Heart. Nehemiah Nehemiah 2:2 

A Fixed Heart David Psalms 108:1, 112:7 

A Pure Heart Jesus Matthew5:8 



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A Proud Heart Solomon Proverbs 16:5 

AWhole Heart David Psalms 111:1 

A Merry Heart David Proverbs 15:13, 17:22 

Heart Treasure Jesus Matthew 6:21 

ATroubled Heart ... Jesus John 14:1, 14:17 

A Lying Heart Annanias & Sapphire .... Acts 5:3 

A Serving Heart .... Paul Ephesians 6:17 

A Stony or Rebellious Heart... Saul , I Samuel 15:23 

After Teacher Linda had passed out a list to each one, she 
said, "Friday, we will have a quiz. Those who make good grades 
will have a valentine gift." 

The rest of the week the class studied hard and on Friday 
they awaited the test with eager anticipation. 

"Glass," said Linda, "My questions are different than what you 
may have expected, but I want you to learn the lesson these verses 
teach in a practical way. What type of heart would fit each of the 

following sentences?" 

1 . John jumped out of bed and said, "This is the day that the 
Lord hath made, I will be glad and rejoice in it!" 

2 Mother looked at her grocery list with a sigh and said, "I 
just don't see where the money is coming from for the needed 

groceries this week!" 

3. Mary frowned as she counted her Sunday School money, 
'Til keep part of it for candy this week and just give the rest on 
Sunday." 

4. "I'm not going to learn to smoke because I know it's wrong 
and harmful for my health." 

5. Ellen quoted this verse, "Let the words of my mouth and 
the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, Oh, Lord 
my strength and my redeemer." 

6. Sue scampered down the path singing the song her Mother 
had taught her. 

7. Fern laid aside her book and helped her mother set the 
table for supper. 



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8. Ned said, "I am going to learn a Bible memory verse every 

day." 

9. Lucy put on a showy dress, fixed her hair in a stylish way, 
shaped her eye brows and used make-up on her face. 

10. "You can't make me go to church!" said Berry as he an- 
grily stomped out the door. 

The class did well on the test. After Teacher Linda had passed 
out their gifts, each one had a little homemade booklet tied with a 
red ribbon. Inside the cover was printed the words, "Search me, 
O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and 
see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way 
everlasting." Psa. 139:23-24. 

On the other side was a copy of the song, "Give Me Thy Heart." 

GIVE ME THY HEART 
"My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways." 

Proverbs 23:26 
"Give Me thy heart," says the Father above, 

No gift so precious to Him as our iove: 
Softly He whispers, "Wherever thou art, 

Gratefully trust Me, and give Me thy heart." 

"Give Me thy heart," says the Spirit divine, 

,: AII that thou hast, to My keeping resign:" 
"Grace more abounding is Mine to impart, 

Make full surrender and give Me thy heart." 
Chorus: 

Give Me thy heart, give Me thy heart, 

Hear the soft whisper wherever thou art: 
From this dark world He would draw thee apart; 

Speaking so tenderly, "Give Me thy heart." 

Sister Maxine Surbey 



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THE BOY AND THE MAN 

In Cass County 
While other young men were attending high schools and col- 
leges it fell to my lot to get my training by experience, mingling 
with the common people in different fields. So the time came for 
me to be transferred to another field, this time to Cass County, 
Illinois, where we found more hills to the square mile than I had 
ever seen in all of my shifting about. In many places there was 
not room for another hill, without placing one on top of two others. 
We imagined that it would be real enjoyable here, for a preacher 
of some ability lived in the community, and he was to preach ev- 
ery two weeks in the log school-house near the rented farm on 
which we lived. But the preacher did not wear, and we were with- 
out religious services most of the time. As for the school, along 
with the log house, conditions were almost as primitive as those 
found in the woods of Missouri. I thought I would now settle down 
to the study of grammar. But 1 could get nothing out of it and my 
teacher could get nothing into me. About all ! got out of a few 
months' effort was the athletics secured on the playground. 

During our few years in the locality it was another case of 
farming and house painting— rather more painting than farming. 
And now, as I look back over these years, I see that some of the 
experiences that came to me proved helpful all through life. While 
my associates (I being the oniy young church member of our de- 
nomination within a radius of fifty miles) were of an excellent type 
there were only here and there occurrences that proved an inspi- 
ration for further progress in my studies. Still 1 kept up my read- 
ing, and put into books what little money I could spare, picking up 
here and there all of the Brethren literature that I could get hold of. 
! even purchased the first and only English grammar ever pre- 
pared and published by a member of the church, Sister Clara A. 
Mass, one of the teachers who had assisted Brother James 
Quinter in his school at New Vienna, Clinton County, Ohio. 

April 8, 1866, I was twenty years old. My father had told me 
that on that date I would be a free man, and entitled to my wages. 
I continued working with him, but received regular wages. This 
meant more money in my pocket, although I had to furnish my 
own clothing and pay other expenses. The new situation came to 



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me so naturally that I hardly realized It. And yet I began to plan 
and work to certain ends. I followed house painting to make money, 

but my mind was on other things. 

About this time something came near happening that might 
easily have changed the course of life for me. My father took the 
Gospel Visitor while I became interested in the Christian Family 
Companion., edited and published by Brother H. R. Holsinger in 
Pennsylvania. Brother Holsinger published a call for a young 
brother to learn the printer's trade in his office. I answered the call 
at once, and he wrote me a very nice letter, stating terms, and 
said he would hold the place open for me. The terms were satis- 
factory enough, and the proposition appealed to me, but as my 
parents disliked the idea of my going so far from home I wrote the 
editor that he need not depend upon me. The turn that events 
took later on, in opening up a stilt greater work for me in the West 
shows that I made no mistake in deciding not to go East. It is 
comforting after years of experience for one to feel, deep down in 
his soul, that Providence has had something to do shaping life's 
events. 

Studying Phrenology 

It sometimes requires only a word or two to open up a new 
channel of thought for a young man. One Sunday I chanced to 
call at the home of a lady, who was a careful reader of the Phre- 
nological Journal. Handing me a copy of the Journal she called 
my attention to a chart showing the faculties of the brain. This 
was my first introduction to phrenology. Borrowing a few copies 
of the paper I became so interested that I ordered a number of 
books on phrenology and kindred subjects, and soon found my- 
self all wrapped up in the study of phrenology, physiology, anatomy 
and associated branches. I ordered books on self-culture, the 
cultivation of the memory, and hygienic living. I had struck some- 
thing new, and while I plied the brush during the day, the nights 
were always too short for the sleep I needed and the amount of 
reading that I wanted to do. 

Now and then, when 1 had a little leisure, I helped about the 
farm work. I would plow, toil in the harvest field or go into the 
timber and chop wood for family use. One day, while trimming up 



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a tree that 1 had chopped down, the axe went into my foot and laid 
one of my great toes open. I got to the house as soon as I could, 
dressed the cut and found it to be an ugly one. The employment 
of a physician seldom occurred to us unless we thought some 
one was almost to die. Among my paints I had a cup of varnish, 
so I took the brush, daubed the cut full of varnish, tied it up with a 
cloth saturated with varnish, hobbled into the house, dropped down 
onto the big rocking chair, rested my crippled foot on another chair, 
and told one of my sisters to hand me my New Testament. I thought 
that while my foot was getting well it would be a good time to read 
the Book through again. I next tackled 'Winchester's Lectures on 
Prophecy." Here I was, studying the New Testament a treatise 
on prophecy and the science of phrenology So, after all, I lost 
nothing on account of my sore foot. 

The cut in my foot having healed up nicely I was soon at work 
again, this time with my father painting some farm buildings near 
Virginia, a prosperous country town. One evening my father was 
waited on by two of the trustees of the Presbyterian church, for 
the purpose of having him paint the eighty-five-foot steeple of their 
church, the painters in town having refused to undertake the job. 
As my father avoided high things in temporal as well as in spiritual 
matters, he refused though the pay was good and sure. 
Painting the Church Steeple 

While I did not look upon myself as a "climbing jack," still I 
prided myself on being able to do a little climbing too, so after 
thinking the matter over I told my father that I felt inclined to tackle 
that steeple proposition myself. He said I could use my pleasure 
about it. The next evening found me with the trustees. We talked 
the matter over, a bargain was struck, and a few days later I was 
on hand ready for business. I found a dozen well-meaning men 
with matured plans ready to hand out to the young country painter, 
telling how to reach the top of that steeple. I listened to them 
patiently, but kept my own counsel. My plans were ail worked out 
before reaching town, and all I had to do was to order my material 
and go to work. 

With a long ladder I reached the roof, and from the base of the 
steeple began the erection of my scaffolding, continuing until the 



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top was reached. Up this long ladder, barefoot too at that, I car- 
ried every piece of lumber needed. As I built the scaffold I painted 
ahead of the work. When this coat was dry i added another, and 
when this was thoroughly dry I spread on the finishing coat after 
me as I removed the scaffolding. 

While at work on the job I would hear al! kinds of witty re- 
marks. One day an Irishman, after viewing me awhile, called out 
at the top of his voice: "Be jabers, you better sta' up thar. You are 
jist as near heeven as you will iver git." When the work was fin- 
ished I was the best-advertised painter in town and had little diffi- 
culty in securing all the work that 1 cared to do. 

BiBLE STORIES 

ALIVE AGAIN 

Mark 5:22, Luke 8:41 

In our last Bible Story we were telling how Jairus had come to 
Jesus and asked Him to heal his daughter that was very sick. 
While Jesus was on the way to the home of Jairus He was de- 
layed by a woman who touched the hem of His garment and was 
healed. 

Jairus, by this time, was surely getting anxious for Jesus to 
come as fast as possible. But before Jesus left the woman, some- 
one came from the home of Jairus and said, "Your daughter is 
dead. It's no use to trouble the Master any more." 

Jairus must have thought, 'Ah, it's too late now; if only Jesus 
could have come in timer 

But Jesus heard what was said and told Jairus, "Don't be 
afraid, only believe, and your little girl shall live again. 1 ' 

When Jesus came to the house He wouldn't let anyone go in 
but Peter James and John. In those days when anyone died, 
there were people who were called "mourners" and they would 
weep and wail and make a lot of noise for money. I suppose 
when they heard of this sick girl they thought, "She probably won't 
last long," and they were at the house of Jairus ready to mourn as 
soon as the little girl died. 



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Anyway, when Jesus saw all that was going on He said, 
"Weep not, she isn't dead; she's only sleeping." 

But the mourners just laughed at Jesus, and probably some- 
one said, "Just take a look at her; you'll see/' 

Jesus made them all go out of the room where the little girl lay 
all pale and dead. After they had all gone out but Peter, James 
and John and the mother and father, Jesus took the girl's hand 
and called, "Little girl, I say unto you, arise." It was just like we 
would say, "It's time to get up." 

And she did wake up. She not only woke up but she got out of 
bed and walked around. She was alive again! Jesus said for 
them not to tell anybody about what happened but to give the girl 
something to eat. I'm sure that mother couldn't get something to 
eat fast enough. Her daughter had been very sick and no doubt 
had eaten nothing for a long time. 

Do you think that mother and father could keep from telling 
anyone? I don't know but somebody told Mark and Luke, be- 
cause they both told the same story in the Bible. I'm glad they did, 
aren't you? 

Brother Rudy Cover 

OBITUARY 

LEVI H. MILLER 

Bro. Levi H. Miller was born July 9, 1909, to Harvey J. and 
Fannie (Helmuth) Miller in Elkhart County, Indiana. He passed 
away September 13, 2002, at Waterford Place Health Campus in 
Kokomo, Indiana at the age of 93 years 2 months 4 days. 

On December 23, 1933, he married Nancy Lorenz who pre- 
ceded him in death December 3, 1934. On November 26, 1936, 
he married Grace W. Koones at the home of Elder Peter Lorenz. 

In 1933 he was baptized in the Plevna Dunkard Brethren 
Church where he remained a faithful member until his death. He 
was a Sunday School teacher, church treasurer, and deacon. He 
loved the Lord and his church very much. 

He was a farmer and retired from the maintenance depart- 



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men! of St. Joseph Hospital and Health Center in 1975. After 
retiring he enjoyed working in his shop, repairing and making fur- 
niture and caning chairs. 

He is survived by his wife Grace Miller; a son Wayne C. Miller, 
Quinter, Kansas; daughter, Wilma Miller, Kokomo, Indiana; three 
brothers, Henry Miller, Kokomo, Indiana, Ezra Miller and Harvey 
Miller both of Macon, Mississippi; two sisters, Nona Slabach, 
Kalona : Iowa and Ida Lane, Peoria, Illinois; five grandchildren, 
Daniel Chupp, Wesley Miller and Matthew Miller all of Quinter, 
Kansas, Donald Chupp and Cynthia Keeny both of Woodward, 
Iowa; seventeen great-grandchildren; an aunt, Anna Miller, Kokomo, 
Indiana; special care giver, Kathy McBee, a host of nieces and 
nephews, friends and a loving church family. 

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in 
death by infant sons, Kenneth Burl and Joseph Earl Miller, a daugh- 
ter, Lois Ann Chupp, a daughter-in-law, Rebecca Miller and two 
brothers. 

Funeral services were held September 16, 2002, at Plevna 
Dunkard Brethren Church. Officiating ministers were Elder Lloyd 
Lorenz and Elder Robert Carpenter. Brother Wesley Miller offici- 
ated at the grave side. Burial was in the Kendall Cemetery in 
Miami County, Indiana. 

The family would like to thank everyone for your love, prayers, 
phone calls and support through this difficult time. 

NEWS ITEMS 

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 

The 2002 Leadership Conference was held at the Quinter, 
Kansas Dunkard Brethren Church, November 8 — 9, 2002. There 
v/ere approximately 45 officials who participated in this meeting. 
The topics discussed included 'Problem Solving in the Church" 
and "Raising and Retaining our Children for the Church" and "Pre- 
paring our Children for Marriage." Each topic was thoroughly dis- 
cussed and helpful comments were made for the benefit of the 
officials attending and those at home. 

Special preaching services were held Friday and Saturday 



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evenings plus the regular services on Sunday. Many from the 
Quinter community availed themselves of this opportunity for hear- 
ing the Word of God and for fellowship. 

The Quinter Congregation very graciously hosted this meet- 
ing with superb hospitality 

THANK YOU 

We wish to thank all who sent us a card for our 25th anniver- 
sary. We were blessed by your thoughtfulness. May God bless 
each of you as together we serve Him. 

Brother Stephen and Sister Karen Blocher 
THANK YOU 

For everyone who sent cards for my 100th Birthday, I send a 
sincere thank you. It was a great blessing to be remembered by 
so many. 

God bless you all. 

Sister Clara Gunderman 
THANK YOU 

Dear Friends across the Brotherhood, 

How can I find the right words to thank you for the cards, 
prayers and phone calls during the recuperating period following 
heart surgery, July 11. 

Many of you were on the "prayer lines' preceding the opera- 
tion and through the healing and rehab period. God answered 
your prayers! 

i have run into a little bumpy place or two since surgery but 
again, God has been there. 

In the sixth week of rehab and getting along well. I can only 
thank you, may God bless you. 

In His Love, 

Brother Gene Kauffman 

February 2003 Issue 

It is time for Presiding Elders or other designated persons to 
inform the Editor of any changes that need to be made in the stand- 
ing information for your congregation found in the February Issue. 



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Your attention to this matter as quickly as possible will be appre- 
ciated. 

Thank you, 

The Editor 

1138 East 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

(909)845-6231 

m.cook1@juno.com 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JANUARY 

2003 

Jan. 5 - Beginning the Gospel Story - Mark 1:1-15 

1 . In what ways did John prepare the way of the Lord, and 
make His paths straight? 

2. What seems to be the foremost command to those who 
believe the gospel of the kingdom and how can that 
change their lives forever? 

Jan. 12 - Calling, Casting, and Caring - Mark 1:16-31 

1 . How does Jesus call men and women today? 

2. Does being a fisher of men involve a healing ministry? 
Jan. 19 - From Dusk to Dawn and Movin On - Mark 1:32-45 

1. Why were people so attracted to Jesus? Was it only 
because of the healing? 

2. What did Jesus say was the reason that He was sent of 
God? 

Jan. 26 - What to do When Unexpected Company Drops In - Mark 
2:1-12 



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1. How much effort will we go to in our pursuit of Jesus? 

2. Do we bless those who pass through our doors, (or 
roof), however the case may be? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
JANUARY 2003 

Jan. 5 -Abiding in Christ -John 15:1-12, I John 2:2, 28 

1. What is the guaranteed results when we are directly 
connected to the vine? 

2. What does propitiation mean? 

Jan. 12- Daily Worship -Daniel 6:1-13, Psalm 61:8, Luke 9:23 

1 . Is there anything in this world that can alter our commit- 
ment to worship? 

2. Will denying ourselves the taking up our cross daily, 
bring about a paying of our vows? 

Jan. 19 -Associations -Exodus 23:2, Psalm 1:1-2, II Cor. 6:14-18 

1 . If everyone is doing it, does that make it right? 

2. Do we spend more time with our peers, or with the Word 
of God? 

Jan. 26 - Expression of Self - Psalm 100:2, Psalm 147-1 Phil 
4:6-9 

1 . What can make our faith both vocal and practical in ev- 
eryday experience? 

2. How can the peace of God keep our hearts and minds 
through Jesus Christ? 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD COTRUSTEES 

Lloyd Lorenz, Chairman 

3949S100E 

Peru, IN 3B970 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
MeClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1 734 240th Street 
AdeJ, IA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru. IN 46970 

Gordon Jamison. Treasurer 
2270 Co.Rd 74 
Qu inter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford. CA 95386 

Frank E. Shaffer 

13055 Grant Shook Road 

Greencaslte, PA 17225 

Paul Stump 

1 0340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Marl in Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Milton Cook 
1138E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, C A 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Ronald Marks, Secretary 
1813N.136thAvenue 
Hart, Ml 49420 



Fred O. Pifer. Treasurer 
1 734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
1 3227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA17322 

Ray S tuber 
5200 Swamp Road 
Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

Marlin Marks, Chairman 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Tom St. John, Secretary 
20380 County Road R 
Alvordton, OH 43501 

Rick St. John 

2578 County Road 20-2 

Archbold, OH 43502 

Phil Franklin 

1 520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95350 

Russell Kasza 

21968 MeinershaganRd. 

Higgensville MO 64037 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford.CA 95386 
{209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-3028 

Lioyd Lorenz, Treasurer 
3949 S 1 00 E 
Peru, IN 44970 
(576) 473-5045 

Gordon Jamison 
R1 Box 136 
Quinter, KS 67752 
(785) 754-3639 

David Aungst 
334 Birds Hill Rd. 
Pine Grove, PA 17963 



TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles. Superintendent 
HCR79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto. CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter KS 6/752 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore. MO 64083 

Justin Beck 
480ShubertRd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

Dale Meyers 
2369 F Ave. 
Redfield, IA 50063 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Phif Franklin. Secretary 
1520 Brannon Ave. 
Modeslo, CA 95350 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Verling Wolfe 
115 CUb Rd. 
Bethel, PA 19507 

All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his 
records. 



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